A Millionaire A Minute

It's a few minutes before noon on a balmy fall day in Bangkok's financial district, and the lunch-hour stock-players are drifting into the bustling main branch of Dhana Siam Finance & Securities Co. As Surin Sakolchai listens to the staccato beat of an announcer reading out stock prices to the 100 or so men and women milling about the room, he breaks into a broad grin. A lawyer turned investor who stops by at least three times a week to trade his $200,000 portfolio, Surin, 50, has ample reason to be happy. "I've been in the stock market since 1987, and I've made 60% a year," he says. "That's a good return."

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