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 Schult