Lee F. Raymond, Exxon Mobil

Lee F. Raymond is the anticelebrity CEO. Exxon Mobil Corp.'s (XOM) boss shuns the press, seldom grants audiences to Wall Street analysts, and rarely makes public appearances. But in 2000, Raymond, 62, found himself caught in the limelight that he has spent his career avoiding. In the second quarter, Exxon earned $4.15 billion, the highest quarterly profit ever recorded by a U.S. company. In the third quarter, Exxon not only set a new quarterly record of $4.29 billion but also boosted its year-to-date profits to $11.79 billion--more than any corporation has ever netted in a full year.

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