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Champion of the creative deal

MICHAEL O’Keefe describes himself as a “close associate” of Ivan Glasenberg, head of Glencore, where he spent five years as managing director of the company’s Australian operations in the mid- 90s, after being brought in by founder Marc Rich – a man whose reputation for recognising talent was probably unsurpassed at the time.

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Champion Iron's Bloom Lake iron ore operation in Quebec, Canada

In 2015 he struck an agreement to acquire the iron ore assets of Cliffs Natural Resources, which was in bankruptcy protection, in the teeth of a price slump when the price of the steel-making ore was