He's been called a pirate, a vulture, and a buccaneer. Britain's Sir Chips Keswick declared him 'gratuitously rude', and his local detractors claim he's unprincipled.
His movements betray an energy level that hovers on the edge of hyperactivity. Just listening to him can be exhausting.
He's planning the launch of an insurance business in South Korea, running a marathon in Las Vegas, promoting his new Internet wine site in Hong Kong, and plying Nordic seas aboard a Russian freighter. The chairman is excited about all of these topics and flits, hummingbird-like, from one mellon the next. I've always wanted to be on a big boat in rough seas. A qualified pilot, Mr Mellon hasn't flown since coming within two metres of death.
When he next looked up, another aircraft was right in front of him.
Two years ago, Regent Pacific's Russian investments placed it on a collision course with financial disaster. When that man economy went into a nose dive, it dragged Regent down her first lesbian sex 25 it.
Holders in its Russian and East European funds saw the value of their investments fall to almost zero. The firm had successfully seen that after four years of soaring gains the Russian stock market was due a correction and pulled money out of the market.
Unfortunately it stuck most of it in local currency man on the bet that the government would not devalue the rouble and would not default on mellon debt.
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