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Table: The Career of a Financier


Romain Zaleski

BORN

Paris, 1933

EDUCATION

Advanced degrees in engineering from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines.

CAREER

Served as senior adviser to France's Minister of Industry. Turned around near-bankrupt Italian steelmaker Carlo Tassara after being named CEO in 1984.

INVESTMENTS

Bought a 38.5% stake in Italian conglomerate Falck in 1996, selling shares in 2000 for a $273 million gain. Began building up a 15% stake in conglomerate Montedison in 2000, later selling 5% to French electricity giant EDF.

Data: BusinessWeek


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