The Stiff Wind Behind Pat Ryan

Patrick G. Ryan thought it was in the bag. By mid-morning on Aug. 26, 1982, shareholders of his little-known Chicago insurance company had rubber-stamped the plan to merge with powerhouse Combined International Corp. Ryan would get 13% and be CEO of the new outfit. He would replace a man who had created a vast retail brokerage and used it as a springboard to fame as a philanthropist and friend to Presidents--80-year-old W. Clement Stone.

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