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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
While he plans to stay on the job for at least another decade,
Lindner has begun making plans for immediate and long-term
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
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The Lindner File
Carl H. Lindner III
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
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.”