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Nanny’s idea inspires a wild rice giant

Investor takes high-yield advice

BURNEY, Calif. — When George Denny hired a 24-year-old nanny to care for his three children in 1996, the successful private equity investor counted on her to juggle after-school schedules, help do homework, and manage shopping expeditions.

He wasn’t expecting to gain a future business partner.

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