BURNED BY THE ITT BATTLE?

LITTLE STARWOOD MAY LOSE EVEN IF IT WINS

Remember the Greek mythological figure Icarus who flew too close to the sun on wings of wax? The modern-day version is Barry Sternlicht, the highflying CEO of Starwood Lodging Trust, which is in a vicious proxy contest this week with Hilton Hotels for control of ITT Corp. By topping Hilton's offer with a $10.2 billion bid for ITT, Sternlicht has thrust himself into what had been a very personal battle between Hilton CEO Stephen Bollenbach and ITT boss Rand Araskog--and thus into the public spotlight. Sternlicht is a Wall Street darling. His stock, including dividends, has soared 86% in the past...

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