(Bloomberg) -- The 3,240 yen ($31) of cash framed on Hideto Fujino's desk is a constant reminder of his greatest humiliation.

The money, barely enough for dinner at the Thai restaurant downstairs from his office, was Fujino's payout from a 2009 fire sale of the asset management firm he built from scratch. As clients fled during the global financial crisis, Fujino was forced to unload his stake in Rheos Capital Works, give up his role as president and go back to being an employee for the first time in almost six years.

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