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Craig Donohue: Once a dealer, always a dealer

I had a small chuckle at a recent profile in Crain’s Chicago Business of CME chief executive Craig Donohue.

It wrote that Donohue learnt a lot of what he knows about business when he ran his stepfather’s drugstore (chemist) in the early 1980s. Does this mean, I asked the CME, I can refer to its well-respected CEO as: “former drug dealer Craig Donohue”?

The exchange was not overly amused. The article reminded me of my first job when I left school, when I went to Berlin as a labourer on a building site. One task I was set was literally to shovel shit up stairs. Clearly, Craig is still a dealer, while some readers might consider that I’m still shovelling the stinky stuff as a journalist.