AT 87, AND WITH his place in the history of insurance secure, Hank Greenberg certainly deserves a little time off. But that fits neither his personality nor his plans.

Greenberg remains very much in day-to-day command of The Starr Cos., where he serves as chairman and CEO—and on whose behalf he still regularly travels the world. Starr, whose broad spectrum of coverages range from Aviation to Professional Liability to Construction to Energy to Political Risk, was a privately held entity within the orbit of AIG; when Greenberg left the company in 2005, he retained control.

Greenberg's ambitions for the insurer are the opposite of modest: His intent is to leverage his unmatched experience, extensive contacts and limitless energy to create another top-tier insurer within his lifetime (Greenberg is quick to point out that his mother lived to 105, and his grandmother reportedly worked until 108).

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