Yossi Vardi, the founding father of Israel’s renowned hi-tech industry and its de facto spokesman, is the most popular personality at the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem in June; every 30 seconds or so, someone new approaches him, seeking a meeting, a chance perhaps to secure financing for a new Internet start-up.

Vardi, now 70, and sitting on millions of dollars from his hi-tech investment successes, deals with each person politely, enjoying his role as one of the country’s most acclaimed rainmakers. Peripatetic, incorrigible, shrewd, as much a jester as a guru, he is constantly on the move, attending over 150 hi-tech conferences yearly.


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