OIL: The Unconquerable Captain

Among world oilmen, Norwegian-born Torkild ("Cap") Rieber, a hardfisted, hard-swearing ex-sailor, is an operator whose shrewd deals and big projects have made him something of a legend in the industry. It was Rieber who landed the famous Barco concession in Colombia for the Texas Co.. built a mile-high pipeline across the Andes, wangled a half-interest for Texaco in the rich Bahrein fields on the Persian Gulf. After he resigned as Texaco chairman in 1940. he carved a new career for himself as boss of Barber Oil Corp.

Last week, at 71, Cap Rieber...

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