The Last Monopolist
Wandering through his sprawling ranch just outside San Antonio, Edward E. Whitacre Jr., chairman and CEO of SBC Communications Inc., keeps a watchful eye on the ground. Besides deer, horses, and two zebras, the property also is home to rattlesnakes and cottonmouths. When the 57-year-old comes across one of the deadly critters, he deftly pins it with a stick and smashes its head with a rock. "It's no big deal," he says with a shrug.
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