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The 1987 movie Wall Street is one of my all-time favorite flicks. If you’ve ever read such best-sellers as Barbarians at the Gate, then you know the Oliver Stone movie about the Go-Go ’80s is a nearly perfect portrait of the greed-fueled, leveraged buyout (LBO)-driven era in the U.S. capital markets.
Gordon Gekko (actor Michael Douglas) was the “villain” – but the fictional corporate raider was also the film’s most interesting character. (In 2008, Forbes ranked Gekko as the fourth-richest fictional character of all time – and estimated his “net worth” at $8.5 billion.)