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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.

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"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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