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"Who are my investors? Computer models, hedge funds and some institutions that go in and make $10 and get out."

So much for consensus. DryShips has been operating with two employees (Economou, 54, and his internal auditor) since his chief financial officer quit in May, the second to split in three years. The company's fleet is managed by Cardiff, 70% owned by Economou, which gets more than $7 million a year for its troubles. Cardiff also manages Economou's private fleet of 13 dry bulkers and 21 oil tankers. How do investors know that when a sweet chartering deal comes up Cardiff won't give preferential treatment to vessels owned wholly by Economou? They can read DryShips' securities filings, Economou says.

Born in Athens, Economou first came to America to attend MIT, where he received two masters of science, one in naval architecture and marine engineering, another in shipping and shipbuilding management. His dad owned a small paper-products firm, but Economou was drawn to the sea. "The only people who made it where I

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