FORMER Wall Street broker has swapped
Manhattan for a monastery in Bulgaria to
become an Orthodox monk.
Hristo Mishkov, 32, had a successful
career as a broker on the Nasdaq stock
exchange in New York until he decided to
give it all up to return to his native
Exchanging tailored suits and
expensive shoes for a cassock and
sandals, Brother Nikanor, as he is now
known, believes Wall Street and the City
deserve all they get as the credit
crunch bites deeper and the global
financial system goes into meltdown.
"It is right to see people who
consume more than they deserve shattered
by a financial crisis from time to time,
to suffer so that they can become more
reasonable," he said.
The collapse of banks and investment
firms was a necessary correction because
they had grown greedy, he said.
Brother Nikanor wakes at dawn to
attend to a herd of buffalo in the 12th-century
Tsurnogorski monastery, 50 kilometres
west of the capital, Sofia. But he has
not entirely turned his back on his past.
When he became a monk five years ago, he
retained one luxury, a mobile phone, and
has used it to raise hundreds of
thousands of dollars from former
colleagues to rebuild the monastery.
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