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Did AirAsia's boss buckle under pressure or was it just a bad bet?

When AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes walks into a room, heads turn. The Malaysia-born self-made millionaire exudes confidence, is flamboyant, at times confrontational, even melodramatic.

There are many words to describe Malaysia's 30th richest man; pushover is not on the list.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 20, 2018, with the headline 'Did AirAsia's boss buckle under pressure or was it just a bad bet?'. Print Edition | Subscribe