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How farmer Greensill came a financial cropper – The Australian Financial Review

The unassuming and dogged Bundaberg high-flyer looks to be falling back to earth, as Swiss caution unpicks his deep tie to metals magnate Sanjeev Gupta.

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Greensill had to study law at night, paying his way with a job as a solicitors clerk. He also moonlighted for the Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, drawing up a payment code that aimed to crunch the time it took buyers to settle farmers invoices.
That was the start of a lifelong immersion in supply-chain finance. He dabbled in the sector in Sydney at the turn of the century before moving to London, putting himself through business school and getting a gig at Morgan Stanley to set up its supply-chain…

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