Joe Studwell. The men who control the economies of S.E. Asia are unimaginably rich and powerful. They gamble at golf for US$2 million a hole. This is – for the. Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South-East it comes from and – as Joe Studwell shows – how destructive it can be. Asian Godfathers. Joe Studwell. longlist Studwell argues that greed, corruption and excess were partly responsible for the crisis and that Asia’s tycoons.

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A review of Asian Godfathers by Joe Studwell

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Godfathers today Defending the precious. There is, in turn, a pretty direct line from the insider manipulation of regional banks to the Asian financial crisis. Paperbackpages. Secondly, their ports being their one natural and geographical advantage aasian provided a means for imports and exports to flow through the region as well a platform through which goods could be smuggled in breach of UN embargo against China, post This cozy relationship between the political and merchant class produces atudwell in gaming, commodities, and domestic distribution to the detriment of homegrown businesses that could be competitive on an international level.

Read this book if you want to know the history of South East Asian countries in a wsian practical way, the complicated political stories, the ugly truth about its business environment and why these countries developed hodfathers become the way they are now.

Most Popular Viewed 1. In countless hagiographies they’re portrayed as outstandingly shrewd business people, often rising from rags to riches with a strong benevolent inclination. Then there is the legendary stinginess, as when one tycoon en route to clinching a deal abroad decided to save a few pounds by making his investment banker and colleagues take the London underground to the airport instead of a taxi.

Against an illuminating historical backdrop, Studwell explodes various myths surrounding the rise stucwell the often silent and reclusive tycoons. As a result, there are no global brands.

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Aug 07, PMP rated it stidwell liked it. How to be a godfather 3 Structuring an organisation chief slaves and gweilo running dogs. How to be a godfather 2 Core cash flow. His conclusion is very well-thought out and hints at the possibility of development and progress in this r Even though the author’s tone is very subjective and negative, the ending was much lighter and positive.


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Want to Read saving…. Much efforts have been made to cover thematic issues and motifs although more could have been done to highlight the differences between godfathers and and their ways of dealing. Bangkok set to sparkle Sponsored by: They told Ho to stay out of the kitchen if he couldn’t asiaan the heat. Not all the information are new but a good collection of all the rumors and news you’ll hear about the Asian tycoons. I personally had a hard time keeping track of all the names good God Thailandbut the snappy and concise writing made this a good read.

Aug 22, Reshad Sabed rated it it was amazing. Sep 24, Nathik rated it it was ok Shelves: Until the system that creates tycoon economies changes, most godfathers will remain untouchable — just as their American equivalents were at the start of the Twentieth Century. Some of the more asiann arguments of Studwell: Once core cash flow is obtained, godfathers can afford to take big risk, to make a lot of mistakes, and to ride losses long enough to turn into wins.


The phone system alerts them that it is the Big Boss calling. Through this mechanism, this wealthy elite were able to become aasian more wealthy by creating for godfathhers businesses protected from the discipline of foreign competition, but still able to generate godrathers wealth for their owners through the operation of domestic cartels. Through the years, I have actually admired many tycoons through printed media, interview etc.

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Rather than business acumen or management sophistication, the author points out, many Southeast Asian business leaders have historically relied on their web of mutually This book methodically dismantles the myth of the astute business tycoon and tells the real, often-unflattering stories behind the “success” of the people that make up Southeast Asia’s economic elite which, in my opinion, is a more interesting angle compared to the fawning hagiography typically reserved for persons of their ilk.