Goldman star back in business

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Eric Mindich, the former equity arbitrage chief at Goldman Sachs who announced his "retirement" last month at age 36, is not retiring. He is starting a multi-strategy hedge fund. Mindich will remain at Goldman through early November, but for the time being he's keeping plans for his 2004 launch largely under wraps.

On the basis of his reputation as an exceptionally talented - and well-connected -- risk arbitrageur, he is expected to attract assets in excess of $1 billion. His launch is sure to be one of the most high-profile, if not the largest, of the year. Because