TYCOONS: Midwest Midas

Henry Crown is a fast-moving, fast-thinking Chicagoan who has made $50 million in the last 30 years and has thereby become something of a legendary figure in finance. He is chairman of the Empire State Building Corp., is the No. 2 power in the Hilton hotel chain, and controls the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (with two associates). With Hotelman Conrad Hilton, he bought Chicago's Palmer House and with Hilton and some associates, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. On top of all this, Crown built his Materials Service Corp. of Chicago into the...

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