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From Banking Scandal to Video-Game CEO to Billion-Dollar Score

  • Robert Altman was once the quintessential Washington lawyer
  • His wife, ‘Wonder Woman’ Lynda Carter, voiced game characters

Video-game trade shows aren’t known for dispensing high-end whisky, but there it was at the Bethesda Softworks exhibit: $100 bottles of Glenmorangie, flowing freely.

Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc., was in attendance that day several years ago and asked a staffer what was behind the top-shelf booze. The company’s chief executive officer, Robert A. Altman, had specifically requested the 18-year-old spirit, he was told, saying he’d never offer a guest something he wouldn’t consume himself.