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Where would you live if you made over a million dollars? Thirty general counsel on our compensation survey passed that mark last year, so we rooted through public records to find out where they reside. According to our findings, Robin Leach won’t be showing up at the pads of these lawyers anytime soon. Having made their fortunes in the reasoned, risk-averse world of law, top-earning general counsel stuck by their guns, shunning glitz for solid investments and understated pleasures. THE HOUSE THAT OIL BOUGHT Oil industry GCs did well last year, just like their companies. Of the 14 top lawyers in this business on our list, four earned over $1 million. Although they reside in very different states (California, New York, Oklahoma and Texas), they’ve all made similar decisions about real estate, buying big — but not huge — houses in nice neighborhoods and carefully looking ahead to retirement. Only one of the four, Donald de Brier of Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corp., doesn’t own a vacation home. But it’s easy to see why: His primary residence is the largest among the quartet — a seven-bedroom, five-bathroom place, complete with pool, in Pacific Palisades. Its biggest appeal? Location. Moving to Los Angeles from damp, gray London in 1993, de Brier and his wife wanted to live close to the ocean and to tennis courts. “Far and away the best thing,” he says, “is that the closer you get to the ocean, the better the weather is.” Amerada Hess Corp.’s J. Barclay Collins II lives near the ocean too — the Atlantic Ocean. He and his family reside in Brooklyn Heights, overlooking New York Harbor. Collins and his wife escape to Litchfield County, Conn., where they own another home and have purchased building lots. J. Bryan Whitworth, GC of Phillips Petroleum Co., rents a small apartment near the company’s Bartlesville, Okla., headquarters. But for summer and winter escapes, he and his wife own a $1 million, three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo in Snowmass Village, Colo. The Fort Worth, Texas, house they bought for retirement is also worth about $1 million; it boasts four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a three-car garage. How did he choose it? “My wife liked it,” he says. GC trivia: Whitworth’s wife, n�e Donna Axum, was Miss America 1964. Whitworth plans to retire after his company merges with Houston-based Conoco Inc., later this year. Taking the helm of the combined law department will be Conoco’s Rick Harrington. He chose his four-bedroom, two-story brick house in a Houston neighborhood called Dairy Ashford because of its proximity to the office. On a good day, Harrington says, the commute takes 10 minutes; on a bad day, it takes 13. Even better: His 11,000-square-foot lot fronts a lake on three sides, a boon in a city of big houses and small yards. Harrington and his wife also own a $700,000 condominium in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he says they are “test-driving their retirement location.” MASSACHUSETTS — THE SPIRIT OF VACATION What’s the summer habitat of the East Coast GC? A surprisingly large number migrate to the scenic Massachusetts coast. Over a fifth of the top-earning GCs own homes in the more exclusive environs of Cape Cod or its island neighbors. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s John McGoldrick, for instance, lives with his family in Princeton, N.J. But eight years ago he plunked down $367,000 for a house in Wellfleet on Cape Cod. That’s nothing compared to real estate prices offshore, in places like Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. Thanks to these islands’ popularity and limited land, a summer cottage can cost two or three times as much as a year-round home in an upscale mainland suburb. General Electric Co.’s Benjamin Heineman Jr., and his wife paid $1.2 million in 1987 for their five-bedroom Darien, Conn., house. But their summer place, on nine precious acres in the Martha’s Vineyard town of Chilmark, is worth almost three times as much. James Buckman, general counsel at New York-headquartered Cendant Corp., recently shelled out $2 million for a summer home on Nantucket, where his family has vacationed on and off for two decades. “It’s isolated and refreshing — and it doesn’t have any of the social baggage of the Hamptons,” he explains. And, he jokes, “it was the only place my wife, my three daughters and I could all agree on.” Despite its price tag, the house is modest. “There’s no view, and it’s not on the beach,” says Buckman. It does have “lots” of bedrooms, which he hopes will one day fill up with grandchildren. Louis Hoynes Jr., general counsel of Madison, N.J.-headquartered Wyeth, calls a 10-room house in Sands Point, N.Y., home. He and his wife paid $277,000 for it about a year ago. They spent over three times as much — $914,000 in 1997 — for their second home, a four-bedroom place in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. So, why is the New England coast so appealing to GCs? Hoynes has one answer. “Most of us can’t be away very far or very long,” he says. “Martha’s Vineyard, being an island, is a very different environment and yet one where I can be back in the office in less than an hour by plane.” Sounds like the perfect retreat for this super-responsible group. With research by Michael Ravnitzky.

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