Sylvain Floirat, an autoworker trainee who became...

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Sylvain Floirat, an autoworker trainee who became an industrialist with interests in aeronautics, publishing and luxury hotels, died yesterday at age 93. The son of a postal worker, Mr. Floirat started his first business at age 28 and earned the nickname "man with the golden fingers" for his success in rescuing failing companies.

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