Business: Summa Comes Back from Debacle

Howard Hughes'cousin tackles a tangled financial empire

The resemblance is eerie, down to the gangling walk, the tight-lipped smile and the soft Texas accent. William R. Lummis, 51, is almost a double for the middle-aged Howard R. Hughes Jr., the eccentric billionaire who died on April 5, 1976, aboard a jet that was flying him from Acapulco to his native Houston. Lummis, Hughes' first cousin, is now standing in as head of most Hughes enterprises, a chaotic financial empire once estimated to be worth $2.3 billion. Lummis last week took another major step toward...

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