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Freeport CEO Sees Banner Years Ahead After Gains Won in ‘Battle’

  • Miner on track to double earnings as copper, gold output rises
  • Adkerson has steered copper giant through ‘twists and turns’
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With a tumultuous decade almost behind him and the prospect of banner years ahead, the longtime boss of global miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc. has little interest in retiring just as cash looks set to roll in.

“Our Freeport family, our Freeport team, has gone to battle together,” Chief Executive Officer Richard Adkerson, 73, said Tuesday in a phone interview. “We’re within real close line of sight to having the kind of great success that we worked so long for.”