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Adolf Merckle

The German billionaire killed himself -- by jumping in front of a train -- after losing significant money in the current economic meltdown.

Posted on January 6, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. ET

Forbes estimated his networth in 2008 to be $9.2 billion, but that was before he lost hundreds of millions of euros in the Prosche/VW speculation scandal last fall.

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