Pawel Gricuk/Poland: A Window On The West

When Pawel Gricuk was a student at Lodz University in the mid-1980s, he figured he'd be lucky to get a job in one of Poland's state-owned import-export companies. "Everyone wanted to work at these companies because you could travel and be paid in hard currency," Gricuk recalls. "It was a window to the world." Most of those operations are long closed, and Gricuk has opened wider windows: At 35, he scouts for investments in eastern Europe from the London office of J.P. Morgan & Co.

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