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The Secret Lives of Central Bankers

THESE ARCHITECTS OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY PRIDE THEMSELVES ON BEING BRILLIANT, ALOOF AND RATIONAL. AND THEN THEY WONDER WHY THEY’RE NOT MORE POPULAR.

A few years ago, a senior Japanese central banker let me in on a secret side of his life: Like some others in his rarefied world, he is a passionate devotee of Sherlock Holmes. After formal meetings in capitals around the world, he joins the other Sherlock Holmes buffs over drinks or dinner for trivia competitions, to test their knowledge of obscure plot details, or to share amateur historical research into Victorian London.

It is all very casual, but the camaraderie is important to him. Through this informal

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