Now Comes Sam Heyman, Global Industrialist

You would be hard put to find a dealmaker whose instincts were so beautifully in sync with the quick-buck mentality of the 1980s. After grabbing control of a floundering GAF Corp. during a proxy battle in 1984, Samuel J. Heyman used Drexel's junk-bond network to launch takeover runs against rival chemical companies such as Union Carbide and Borg-Warner. He never bagged his prey, but he pulled down about $500 million in profits from his investments. The crescendo came in 1989: Heyman took GAF private in a leveraged buyout valued at $1.452 billion.

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