Juan Navarro: The Buyout King Of Argentina

Now, he aims to conquer the whole region

From his elegant, modern offices in one of Buenos Aires' few skyscrapers, Juan Navarro enjoys a vista of the ornate monuments and balconied facades of the city below. He keeps an even sharper eye on Argentina's fast-growing economy, spotting companies that need capital to survive the toughening competition. On trips to the U.S., the Uruguayan-born financier persuades prominent investors, from Bankers Trust Co. to Princeton University's trustees, that there are big profits to be reaped from buying into cash-starved family businesses in Argentina, turning them around, and selling them for hefty gains.

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