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For Gross, Pimco is an obsession

Beating his ex-employer in performance is what the fund manager is most concerned about to prove that firing him was a mistake

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Convention bores Mr Gross: That is why he will stand on his head when the urge hits and wear a silk tie as a scarf, draped loosely around his neck.

Newport Beach, California

SITTING in the conference room of his empty office suite, with its floor-to-ceiling wall of windows, William H Gross cannot help noticing the sleek office tower that the bond giant Pimco moved into in early 2014.

Just a short walk up the road, the 20-story