January 13, 2009 One way to help stop the dying By Greg Freiherr Last year he was the 94th richest man in the world. Last week Adolf Merckle stepped in front of a train near his home in Blaubeuren, Germany. The suicide note he left behind has not been made public, but Merckle's family said in a statement that "the distress to his firms caused by the financial crisis and the related uncertainties of recent weeks, along with the helplessness of no longer being able to act, broke the passionate family businessman." For many, the fiscal malaise that grips the world is personal. For those like Merckle who still possess more than most, it is not a matter of money. It is loss -- loss of what they had, loss of self respect, loss of hope.
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