What Schneider Left Behind

As someone who looked like a risky bet, Jurgen Schneider could have stepped straight out of Hollywood central casting. The guy swiftly parlays a small grubstake into a multibillion-dollar real estate empire. He lives in a castle, drives a bulletproof car, and sports an obvious toupee. Worse, he is regularly sued by subcontractors for not paying his bills. So when Schneider disappeared, leaving more than $3 billion in debts, you've got to wonder why no one saw it coming.

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