A Tale of Pizza, Pride and Piety

Domino's founder Tom Monaghan, 61, has always been a larger-than-life contradiction. He made a fortune pioneering a no-frills pizza-delivery business, then nearly squandered it on his own ostentatious life-style. He struggled for years to rebuild his empire and finally succeeded. Then last month he walked away from it all for the second, and presumably final, time by selling his family's 90% stake in Domino's for an estimated $1 billion to a private investment firm called Bain Capital.

The sale marked the end of one of the most colorful and controversial stewardships of a pizza company--or for that matter any other type...

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