Ronald G. Olin, president of Deep Discount Advisors of Asheville, N.C., has been in several well-publicized proxy fights with closed-end funds over the past few years. In his attempt to reorganize the funds he invests in, Olin has sought the ouster of money managers and board members - even a former Australian prime minister from one fund. And while much has been written about Olin, the shareholder bulldog, little has been written about Olin himself.

Although he declined to comment on specific shareholder fights he has been involved in on the advice of his lawyers, Olin spoke to Larry Rulison, a free-lance writer for Mutual Fund Market News, about his background and how he came to be a thorn in the side of many closed-end funds.

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