Mikhail Barash made big money in the cellular business (in Turkmenistan! — why didn’t I think of that?) and lost some or most of it (he won’t say) to Madoff, according to Maria Recio in the Star-Telegram. But that’s the least interesting part of this story. The Russian violin virtuoso emigrated to TexasÂ with theÂ help of Fort Worth philanthropist Leon Brachman, damaged his hand in a car accident, had to scramble to find a new career… well, you need to read the whole thing. Amazing.