Hanson Looks For A Hat Trick

The Batman and Robin of British business, James Hanson and Gordon White, are relaxing before taking the stage for Hanson PLC's 30th annual meeting. For the first time, the shareholder conference is being videotaped, and a makeup artist arrives. Hanson, chairman of the London-based empire that bears his name, quietly submits. The waiting White, Hanson's No.2, seems horrified. "Good Lord," he mutters. "Is this really necessary?"

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