Today Belgium, Tomorrow Europe

Dealmaker Frere sets his sights on television and utilities

Albert Frere turned 71 this year, and in one way, the Belgian dealmaker is slowing down. He has mostly given up tennis for golf. But in business, Frere seems more pugnacious than ever. Earlier this year, he made a killing by selling his stake in Belgium's electricity monopoly, Tractebel. Now, as Frere prepares for his eventual succession as the head of a sprawling empire, his decisions will shape the future of some of Europe's fastest-changing markets.

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