March 14, 1994 |
After fleeing his homeland in a fishing boat, Giang Tran prospered as a real estate developer, studied to become a lawyer and wrote two books. The 30-year-old Vietnamese-American drove a BMW, lived in a posh condo in Santa Ana and flew from Los Angeles to San Francisco just for lunch. "I wasn't a millionaire, but I lived like a millionaire. Whatever I had, I spent," he said. Eventually, Tran lost interest in that lifestyle because, "I found no value in what I was doing."