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CEO: James J. Mulva
Address: 600 N. Dairy Ashford Rd.
Houston, TX 77079
Timing is everything. ConocoPhillips reported a $17 billion loss last year -- most of it related to an ill-timed acquisition. (It bought natural gas producer Burlington Resources for $34 billion in 2005, back when gas prices were triple what they are today.)
But when it comes to comedic timing, CEO Jim Mulva's still got it. At a recent energy conference, Mulva told the story of an oil exec who saves a small child from a dog attack: "As he lay there bleeding, a passing journalist ran over to ask what happened. 'What a story,' he said when told of the details. 'Local hero saves child. By the way, what do you do?' 'I'm an oil company CEO,' was the answer. And the next day the headline read, 'Corporate fat cat strangles family pet.' " - J.B.
Industry: Petroleum Refining
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