Howard Hughes was an American business tycoon, film director and producer, aviator and engineer with a net worth of $2.5 billion at the time of his death in 1976.
At the time of his death, Howard overtook a $2.5 billion wealth. That's equivalent to $11 billion in today's dollars. Over 400 people came forward to claim part of his will.
Howard's name and invention are still alive today. After his death, he donated all his stock to Hughes Aircraft to build The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Howard Hughes famously suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder. He had reached a point where he had difficulty making decisions and would lock himself up for several days and months.
Howard Hughes was born on Christmas Eve in Houston, Texas, in 1905 to Howard Sr., a businessman and inventor, and Ellen. He demonstrated a passion for science at an early age.
Hughes made his first foray into the motion picture industry in 1926, when he produced the short comedy film "Swell Hogan".
A lifelong aerospace and aviation enthusiast, Hughes formed a division of the Hughes Tool Company, the Hughes Aircraft Company, in 1932. During and after World War II, he changed the company.
At the urging of Jack Fry, president of Transcontinental and Western Airlines, Hughes began buying the majority of TWA stock in 1939. About five years later, he had a controlling interest in the company.
A prominent real estate owner, Hughes bought 1,200 acres in Culver City, 4,480 acres in Tucson, and 25,000 acres outside Las Vegas.
Hughes was involved in many romantic relationships with famous women, including, but not limited to, actresses Joan Crawford, Catherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Jean Tierney, Janet Leigh, Ginger Roger.
Throughout his life, Hughes struggled with OCD and unpredictable mood swings. By the late '50s, he began to be reclusive, and at one point, stayed in a dark screening room for more than four.