If you haven’t heard of Howard Hughes then you’ve missed a fascinating story and I recommend reading his compelling biography.
Howard Robard Hughes Jr born December 24, 1905, was many things but well known as an American businessman, investor, pilot, film director, philanthropist, and eccentric recluse in his later years. He was infamous during his lifetime and known as the most financially successful individuals in the world.
Outside of his business ventures, Hughes made a name for himself as a film producer, becoming a maverick film tycoon in the late 1920s producing big-budget and often controversial films like The Racket (1928), Hell’s Angels (1930), and Scarface (1932). He went on control the RKO film studio as well as buying up parts of Las Vagas widely understood to be mafia owned and run.
By 1932 he had formed the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932 and became an influential figure in the aviation industry, spending most of the 1930s setting multiple world air speed records and building the famous Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 Hercules (the “Spruce Goose”).
Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle—oddities that were caused in part by a worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and chronic pain from a plane crash. Many close to him believe he was failed by his close friend, advisor and lawyer who did nothing to protect Hughes from himself.Hughe died April 5, 1976 alone after many years of isolation.
Hughes died April 5, 197, alone after many years of isolation.
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