Chris Pollak, King of Pain

Bedridden in Seoul, a McKinsey executive hatches a plan to start a pan-Asian fighting league

Chris Pollak, 35, joined McKinsey right out of Brown University and worked his tail off in New York and Montreal for two years before taking a year off to live in Thailand and study Muay Thai, a local combat sport. At the end of that year, Pollak enrolled in Columbia Business School and, after graduating in 2004, returned to McKinsey. Four years later, while on a trip to meet McKinsey clients in Seoul, he fractured his right fibula during a recreational jujitsu lesson. Unfortunately, the local hospital reset it crookedly, and he spent six weeks in his hotel unable to move.

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