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John Henry a keen student of risk, reward

John W. Henry was a college dropout playing guitar in a rock band when his life took a sudden turn in the 1970s. The death of his father gave him control of the family’s soybean farm in Arkansas, a business that didn’t seem to suit him any better than being a rock ’n’ roller.

So he did something different. With a natural affinity for numbers, Henry used his growing knowledge of the soybean business to trade commodities, making a fortune that allowed him in time to become the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox.

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