- NAME: Randolph A. Hearst
- OCCUPATION: Entrepreneur
- BIRTH DATE: December 02, 1915
- DEATH DATE: December 18, 2000
- EDUCATION: The Lawrenceville School, Harvard University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Randolph Apperson Hearst
- AKA: Randolph A. Hearst
- AKA: Randy Hearst
- AKA: Randolph Hearst
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Randolph A. Hearst was born a billionaire, but he helped transform the vast Hearst newspaper empire built by his father from a flagging company to a profitable private media company. However, the media melee over his daughter, Patty Hearst's abduction by the Symbionese Liberation Army overshadowed other aspects of his life.
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And though Hearst funded a $2 million enterprise called People in Need to hand out free food, the terrorists did not return his daughter.
Instead, Patty Hearst renounced her family, took the name Tania and held up a bank in San Francisco with her abductors the following year. Caught and convicted, Hearst hired high-profile lawyer F. Lee Bailey to argue in court that Patty had been brainwashed,
but she was sentenced and served 21 months in jail—commuted from seven years by President Jimmy Carter.
The ordeal had taken its toll on the Hearst marriage, and the couple ultimately divorced. He remarried twice more before dying of a stroke on December 18, 2000, in New York City. He had just retired as Hearst chairman in 1996, and the year before had bought a sprawling mansion in Florida for his third wife, Veronica. For the first time in his life, Hearst had begun to enjoy a glittering social life under her auspices.
Hearst served on the boards of many charitable and cultural institutions and funded many educational scholarship programs, but regardless of any good he did, he will always be remembered in the shadow of his larger-than-life father and the abduction of his daughter.
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