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Nelson Bunker Hunt
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    (February 22, 1926-October 21, 2014)
    Born in El Dorado, Arkansas
    Son of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt
    Brother of Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt
    Discovered the Sarir oil field in Libya (1961)
    Net worth at his early-70s peak estimated at $16 billion
    His weight frequently ballooned to over 300 pounds.
    He believed in a Jewish-Communist conspiracy to take over the world.
    He secretly (and illegally) contributed $500,000 to George Wallace's presidential campaign (1968).
    He financed an expedition to try to find Noah's ark.
    He lost a fortune when he and his brother Herbert tried to corner the world market in silver.
    He was banned for life from trading in commodities and fined $10 million after being found guilty of conspiring to manipulate the silver market (1989).
    He filed for the largest personal bankruptcy in US history, listing $100 million in assets against $500 million in debts (1988).
    Despite his wealth, he lived modestly, including flying economy class, driving a battered Cadillac, and always turning off the lights when leaving a room.
    He was married to Caroline Lewis for 63 years.
    He raised several winning thoroughbreds and was a three time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder (1976,1985,1987).
    His comment 'People who know how much they are worth generally aren't worth much' became a favorite aphorism among the super-rich.
    He maintained the long tradition of colorful Texas oil barons.

Credit: C. Fishel


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