After several failed business schemes in the 1980s and 1990s, Norman Hsu went home to Hong Kong to recoup and plan an ego-boosting second try at the American fast lane. The Journal fills in the gaps in Hsu’s story, revealing the busted bundler as a capable manipulator obsessed with respect—and in thrall to Hillary Clinton.
Hsu inspired tremendous investor confidence for botched and often fake businesses, but it was as a fundraising rainmaker that he was most capable—extracting contributions even from Republicans. Private Clinton keepsakes, including recorded speeches, show the esteem he attached to the superstar’s trust. Hsu’s reflections shed light on the personality that wooed big spenders: “Some people are just born liars…it is their habit.”