Howard Robard Hughes Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was an American business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot, engineer, film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most influential and financially successful individuals in the world.
Bridgeland, an 11,400-acre community of the Howard Hughes Corp. in Cypress, ranked highest among the Houston area communities at No. 9 with 873 new home sales, a 19 percent jump from 2019. The community devotes 3,000 acres to lakes, trails and green space. Read the full article →.
Apr 22, 2021 · Howard Hughes was an aviator and film director who inherited his family's successful oil tool business and began investing in films. He produced several films, including the hit Hell's Angels. He ...
Howard Hughes, in full Howard Robard Hughes, Jr., (born December 24, 1905, Houston, Texas, U.S.—died April 5, 1976, in an airplane over southern Texas), American manufacturer, aviator, and motion-picture producer and director who acquired enormous wealth and celebrity from his various ventures but was perhaps better known for his eccentricities, especially his reclusiveness.
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- Hughes was a millionaire at 18. The 1901 discovery of oil at Spindletop, near Beaumont, Texas, marked the birth of the modern petroleum industry, and drew Hughes’ father, Howard Sr., a Harvard dropout, to East Texas to try his luck as a wildcatter.
- His directorial debut, “Hell’s Angels,” was one of the most expensive movies of its time. Hughes started his movie career as a producer on the 1926 film “Swell Hogan,” which turned out to be so terrible it never made it into theaters.
- Hughes set an around-the-world flight record. During the 1930s, Hughes began to seriously pursue his passion for flying, establishing Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932 (it eventually became a major aerospace and defense contractor) and setting a series of aviation records.
- His famous Spruce Goose aircraft was flown only once. In 1942, during World War II, Hughes contracted with the U.S. government to design and build an aircraft capable of transporting 700 troops or a load of 60 tons across the Atlantic.
Jan 31, 2020 · Howard Hughes packed a lot into his 70 years of life. Born into wealth due to his father inventing a rotary bit for oil well drilling that made his small family a large fortune, Hughes inherited the lion's share when both of his parents passed away when he was a teen. To say Hughes was an ambitious eccentric would be an understatement.