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At Davos, Ironmen Find Contacts, Contracts and Even Love

Martin Sorrell, chief executive officer of WPP Plc.

Martin Sorrell, chief executive officer of WPP Plc.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

For Martin Sorrell, a quarter century of journeying up the Swiss Alps to the World Economic Forum each January has paid off in expected, and unexpected, ways: Government contacts, business contracts and -- eight years ago - - love.

“I met my wife in Davos,” said the founder and chief executive of advertising giant WPP Plc. “You could say I’ve got more than I bargained for.”