Private Lives

Mahoney eyes Norton Simon

David Mahoney is not just some faceless Mr. Big of business. The chairman of the Norton Simon conglomerate (fiscal 1982 sales: $3 billion) likes to bask in high-wattage limelight. He poses for profiles in magazines like Vogue and Success and appears in TV commercials for his Avis rent-a-car subsidiary. At his black-tie 60th birthday party last month, he and his wife Hillie, a former Miss Rheingold, played host to dozens of famous friends, including Estée Lauder, Alan King and Henry Kissinger.

But while the public is seeing lots of David Mahoney, it may soon see much less of his...

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