Snapping Up the Spoils of Ruptured Rollups

Quite a few entrepreneurs got rich selling out to major outfits. Now, many are buying back their old businesses -- at huge discounts

Brad Daniel knows that timing really can be everything. By the late 1990s, he had built his florist business into a chain of five stores across South Florida. Then in 1998, he decided to cash out. He sold the business for $130 million to industry giant Gerald Stevens, which had spent the prior two years buying 300 flower shops nationwide.

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