Business: The Nice Hunt

H.L. 's son streamlines dad's empire—and hits oil, too

Like father, like son—usually, perhaps, but not in the Hunt family. The late Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, who parlayed a winning poker hand into a pyramid of oil wells, was eccentric even for a self-made billionaire. Before he died in November 1974, Hunt became a legend for his backing of ultra-right-wing causes, his penny-pinching (he often carried his lunch in a brown paper bag) and his health faddism (he used to crawl around his Dallas mansion on all fours for exercise). The youngest of his five...

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