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Leading with purpose

As the world's biggest fund manager, BlackRock is using its influence to espouse its bedrock values. Chairman and CEO Larry Fink himself seeks to be a "voice of positiveness" - and says corporations need, now more than ever as governments fall short, to step up in key issues.

"As the leading investment firm, we're not doing our job if we don't get people to focus on retirement, on investing for the long run. The No 1 objective and responsibility, more than anything we do, is to focus on retirement and retirement needs." - Larry Fink.

BY any measure, BlackRock's ascent from US$1.2 billion in assets under management (AUM) when it was founded some 30 years ago to a stunning US$6.44 trillion as at end-September is unprecedented.

But chairman and chief executive Larry Fink says that he thinks of BlackRock's trajectory in "...

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