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Singapore on a Friday: Riding with Mark Mobius, Father of EmergingMarkets

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STORY: Mark Mobius on a Friday(Internet archive - be a bit patient as it loads)
MOVIE: Movie
PHOTOS: Photo Gallery(uses the now-defunct, Flash driven JAlbum - so you need to view it on an old school desktop. Sorry).

I've just landed in Singapore and hit the ground pedaling, meeting and riding with customers Mark Mobius (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Mobius) and Richard Piliero from Franklin Templeton (the "Gain from our Perspective" people).

So who is Mark Mobius, and more importantly, what are the likes of me doing hanging out with the likes of him?

Mark is considered "The Father of Emerging Markets." He coined the term which means investing in developing countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC). Already this acronym is becoming obsolete as the economies of "emerging" countries start to pick up and approach cushiness of the first world. He travels globally and constantly, frequenting 24-hour gyms while orchestrating big deals - and rid…