The accidental millionaire

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Jerry Winkler had a tough youth growing up in Amsterdam. When he left home as an angry teenager he turned to crime and ended up living on the streets. But finding out the identity of his real father has completely changed his life as he explains in this remarkable rags-to-riches story. Comment on this story.

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This story was taken from the latest edition of The State We're In - Family Ties.