James J. Ling
Ling was a maverick in the development of the conglomerate business model, building in 14 years the 14th largest industrial corporation in the United States. A major risk taker, Ling extensively used debt to sustain parent company growth and profitability. In 1965, Fortune magazine cited LTV, Incorporated as the fastest growing company in the United States in the preceding decade (from 1955 to 1965).