A WOMAN'S TOUCH

LOIDA LEWIS NEVER EXPECTED TO RUN TLC BEATRICE. BUT SHE NEVER EXPECTED HER HUSBAND TO DIE EITHER

Loida Nicolas Lewis is on a roll. She has just won another $10 in a friendly wager with a colleague. After gleefully waving the crinkled bill in the air as though it were a winning lottery ticket, she ceremoniously places it inside a picture frame with six other flattened, face-up sawbucks. "He didn't think I could negotiate a lower lease, so I told him to put up or shut up," gloats Lewis. "They all second-guessed me, but I haven't lost a bet yet."

As chairman of TLC Beatrice International Holdings, which has the odd distinction of being America's largest minority-owned enterprise...

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