Billionaire values

MIT teaches the risks of courting the very rich.

The car pulled up to the vacation house my dad had rented. 1980s Oregon was delightfully ramshackle; the coast even more so. But this house was part of some development with a golf course. From the car, things looked pretty modern, which meant: gadgets and fancy things.

Soon, my dad was taking a nap as my sister and I—unsupervised children of divorce—inv…

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