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Forbes.com – Another Asbestos Whitewash

In its October 5 online issue, Forbes.com published an article about Stephan Schmidheiny, heir to the Eternit asbestos fortune, lauding him for his charitable good works and calling him “the Bill Gates of Switzerland.”

I wrote the attached letter to the editor, who will publish a brief extract because of space limitations. Thereafter, I published a brief comment in the comments section attached to the article on the Forbes.com web site, but their space limitations prevented me from saying everything I wanted to say. My full letter to the editor dated October 1, 2009 is reproduced below

Schmidheiny and his family have never lived up to their legal and moral obligations. It is often said that the acorn does not fall far from the oak tree; his family tree was rotten and is still bearing poisonous fruit.

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