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Howard Hughes : The Mysterious Billionaire
Howard Hughes was a mysterious billionaire, heroic, tragic, brilliant, mad, pathological and extraordinarily wealthy. He was a great businessman or a terrible one; the jury is still out. But his life was fascinating and disturbing. Orphaned at 18 and inheriting millions from his father's estate, Hughes headed to Hollywood where he dallied with Hollywood's most beautiful women including Jean Harlow, Billie Dove, Lana Turner, Jane Russell, Ida Lupino, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Gene Tierney, Ava Gardner, Gloria Vanderbilt--only 17--and Kate Hepburn.. He also produced and directed many movies, including the trailblazing sex-Western starring Jane Russell. At the same time Hughes was an industrialist and aviation pioneer. While his company Hughes Tool was generating hundreds of millions of dollars in profits annually, Hughes established aircraft companies and airlines, including TWA and Northeast Airlines. He was also a speed junkie who crashed several times, one so severe he nearly died--and opiates administered during his lengthy recovery became a lifelong addiction. After selling TWA for $546 million he turned his attention to Las Vegas and began acquiring hotels and casinos the way a child plays the game of Monopoly. Award-winning author Daniel Alef brings to life Howard Hughes remarkable and hauntingly bizarre story. [5,407-word Titans of Fortune Article]
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Meta4 Press LLC
May 12, 2010
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