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Alberto Vilar, a 1962 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, was from all indications a man not wanting for ego or ambition. A financier and classical music enthusiast whose bank account inflated on the strength of the tech bubble 20 years ago, he made extravagant financial pledges …

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