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The chairman and CEO of the Great American Insurance Company, Lindner begins each day with 30 minutes of prayer.

He’s overseen the company’s transformation to an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products.

While he plans to stay on the job for at least another decade, Lindner has begun making plans for immediate and long-term successors.

A Calculated Risk-Taker Finds Peace

Not even significant wealth made Carl H. Lindner III happy. So he quit his workaholic ways, reconnected with his family and found his spiritual side.

By  Mike Patten

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The Lindner File

Carl H. Lindner III

Age: 59

Wife: Martha

Children: Daughter: Blake. Sons: Carl, Christopher and Matthew. Three grandchildren. “My sons are entrepreneurs. They have a bird-hunting and deer-hunting operation that they have built into what I think is one of the premier facilities in the United States. I guess those entrepreneurial genes are continuing on.”

Sports: “I love the outdoors, love sports, especially golf and tennis. I backpacked in my teens and 20s…all over Colorado and Arizona. I’ve taken my children and my family to Africa, Thailand and Australia. We love to go fishing in Alaska—or kayaking.”

Morning Routine: Wakes at 5:45 a.m., then 30 minutes of quiet time. “The way that I set the tone and set the peace for my day is to read the Bible and have a prayer time. That helps in keeping any kind of destructive pride or arrogance in place and kind of sets the tone for the day—getting me to focus on the right things from a business and a personal standpoint.”

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