A New Hess Helming Hess

When John B. Hess got married 10 years ago, he made an unusual choice for best man: his father. Friends saw it as another sign of how large Leon Hess, longtime head of Amerada Hess Corp., looms in his son's life. But now that John, 40, has taken the chief executive's post from his 81-year-old dad, oil-patch executives wonder whether young Hess will remain in Leon's very long shadow.

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