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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 194 IDEA: Lynn Tilton—Be a Modern Industrialist

Lynn Tilton describes herself as a modern industrialist. She's dedicated to reviving American manufacturing companies that have fallen on hard times. She also claims to be a mystic who believes she has been called on to change the world.

“When I started this business, I wanted to prove making money and making the world a better place were not mutually exclusive,” said Tilton, a striking woman with platinum blonde hair and a penchant for wearing short skirts and stiletto heels.

In the past five years, Tilton's Manhattan-based Patriarch Partners has acquired about 75 companies, including Stila Cosmetics, an Arizona helicopter company, Rand McNally, Snelling Staffing, and Natura Water.

Tilton ...

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