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Bernard J. Ebbers


Cover Story -- The Best Managers

BERNARD J. EBBERS

Last year hard-charging BERNARD J. EBBERS, CEO of WorldCom, jumped into the telecom big leagues. The former high school basketball coach outbid both British Telecom and GTE in a high-adrenaline race to snare MCI Communications for $37 billion. If the deal passes regulatory muster, it will vault WorldCom to the No.2 spot in long distance behind AT&T (page 93). The brash Ebbers, 56, now must prove he can manage as well as he chases down deals.


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