High Times for T. Boone Pickens

A wily raider shakes up corporate America

To many, he is a real-life J.R. Ewing, the ruthless but fascinating wheeler- dealer whom viewers of Dallas love to hate--and sometimes secretly admire. To , his victims, mostly entrenched corporate executives, he is a dangerous upstart, a sneaky poker player, a veritable rattlesnake in the woodpile. To his fans, though, he is a modern David, a champion of the little guy who takes on the Goliaths of Big Oil and more often than not gives them a costly whupping. Whichever image he evokes, T. (for Thomas) Boone Pickens, 56, has swept up like a twister out of Amarillo, Texas, to...

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