Thailand's Bill Heinecke

William E. Heinecke, 48, knew hard times were ahead when Thailand devalued the baht. The son of Americans parents in Bangkok, Heinecke became a Thai citizen after surrendering his U.S. passport several years ago. He built his fortune betting on Thai consumers, with his Minor Group spanning food, hotel, and trading companies that control local Pizza Huts, Swensens, and a Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum.

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