Corporations: Cigars & Pipe Dreams

To millions of smokers the world over, the name Dunhill conjures up visions of prized pipes, savory Havanas and the carriage-trade atmosphere of a London tobacconist. Actually, Dunhill International, Inc., sells smoking supplies almost as a sideline, is based in Ohio and is run from Houston by an owlish executive who began life as a North Dakota farm boy. Says Chairman Reuben Askanase: "We want to reach customers from the cradle to the tomb." Dunhill nearly succeeds. Beyond its shops from Manhattan to San Francisco, it is a diversified company whose interests...

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