The Lady and the Fund Managers

Myanmar's stock market is on the cusp of opening the door to foreign investors. They could be forgiven for not rushing in.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader

Aung San Suu Kyi had little time for charming foreign investors when in opposition.

In The Lady and the Generals, biographer Peter Popham recounts her 'recklessly rough' approach to foreign luminaries. This included legendary fund manager George Soros, who had helped bankroll the democracy movement in Myanmar.

Soros, not usually a man to be kept waiting, had to lobby for months for a meeting with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning opposition leader. He found his offers of hospitality rebuffed when she visited the United States. We are assured that, when he finally sat down with Suu Kyi, it 'did not go well'.

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