Nearly as inventive in the boardroom as onstage -- remember "Bowie bonds"? -- the singer was savvy, fearless and forward-thinking.

David Bowie learned about the music business the hard way -- from a notoriously bad deal with early manager Tony Defries that reportedly gave him half the singer's earnings. After they parted ways, in 1975, Bowie took ­control of his own career, managing ­himself with the same ­adventurous, even visionary, spirit that he brought to his music.

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