FRIDAY FUN: Financial KO on its way

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Former bankrupt Mike Tyson will offer words of wisdom to financial services professionals next month.

Brokerage and investment group, CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets (CLSA) are to host the former boxing heavy-weight champion, businessman and supposed actor at the 19th CLSA Investors’ Forum in Hong Kong in mid-September.

Tyson – also known as 'Iron' Mike, Kid Dynamite, and The Baddest Man on the Planet – will headline a forum that examines the economic, political, environmental, technological and financial trends impacting global markets. In the past, keynote speakers have included Bill Clinton, Alan Greenspan, Al Gore, Henry Kissinger, Lee Kuan Yew and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to name a few.

Tyson’s input to the overall discussion will include life before and after boxing, his time in juvenile detention and prison, his faith, his sobriety, his family and his acting career – including his recent one-man show on Broadway.

This year’s forum includes vocal Eurosceptic and MEP, Nigel Farage; Secretary-General, UN Conference on Trade and Development, Supachai Panitchpakdi; Harvard Professor, Dr Meghan O'Sullivan; proponent and lecturer of Big History, David Christian; author and founder of Acumen Fund, Jacqueline Novogratz; Bad Science columnist, Ben Goldacre; Former Senior Vice Chairman of Citigroup, William Rhodes; and strategist and media commentator David Roche.

Described as ‘tenacious, talented, and thrilling to watch’, it is expected Tyson will transport the ‘grit and electrifying excitement’ of boxing … to finance.

As one of the most feared boxers in the ring, Tyson is still feared outside of it: His itinerary also included Australia and New Zealand, however, due to rape convictions, such travel plans are now in jeopardy.

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