If any chief executive is riding high despite the slow economic recovery, it is Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corp. Five years ago, the chain of European-style coffeehouses he first brought to America after falling in love with the coffee bars of Milan was in trouble. Sales were slipping as cash-strapped consumers cut back. Comedians joked about the Starbucks in their living room competing with the Starbucks in their powder room. The stock price had fallen considerably. And Schultz, who ...

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