There was often the sense that he was being merely humoured. Ralph Chen never noticed, or perhaps didn't care. He plodded on.
It was good that he did. For in the rarefied environment of the annual general meetings of Jamaica's listed companies, the inclination is obsequiousness to the chair. Ralph Chen spoke up. In doing so, he gave voice to small shareholders.
Indeed, not since the death of Clifford Borough, murdered at the turn of the century, had directors or chairmen had to fend against such a determined advocate for minority and, specifically, small shareholders. Corporate Jamaica was better for it.
Ralph Chen is dead at 67. Wherever he is gone, we suspect his voice won't have been silenced.
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