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After the death of Sharp in 1912, Hughes took full control of the company, which is now known as Hughes Tool Company. The following year, he joined forces with Sharp-Hughes to establish the company in Houston. In 1908, Hughes patented a two-cone rotary drill bit that revolutionized oil well drilling. This drill bit was capable of penetrating hard and medium rocks ten times faster than any previous bit.

Before moving to California and attending Thacher School, Anson Hughes, the son of the principal, was a poor student who never graduated from high school. However, his father arranged for him to attend Rice University in Houston by donating money to the institution. Despite being a poor student, Hughes idolized his physics teacher, Owen McBride, and was considered the brightest student in physics during his years at school.

In 1924, Hughes acquired full ownership of the Hughes Tool Company, making him the exclusive proprietor. During his youth, his uncle, Rupert Hughes, oversaw his business ventures until he turned 21. However, Howard ultimately inherited a majority stake in the Hughes Tool Company. Tragically, Howard Robard Hughes passed away on January 24th, 1924, due to an arterial embolism, at a time when his son was just 18 years old.

The film, which cost $3.8 million, was a box-office success despite losing over $1.5 million. During the filming, Phil Jones, a stunt performer, tragically lost his life. To create the movie Hell’s Angels, which depicted pilots in World War I, Howard Hughes hired the world’s finest pilots and obtained 87 war aircraft. Hughes both wrote and directed the film in 1930. After relocating to Hollywood with his wife, Ella Rice, a prominent socialite from Houston, Hughes produced the award-winning film Two Arabian Nights in 1928. Their marriage took place on June 1st, 1925.

Other films that followed this include Sky Devils (1932) and Scarface (1932), Cock of the Air (1932), The Front Page (1931), and The Age for Love (1931).

During this period, Howard Hughes, according to his biographer Charles Higham, sought to dominate everything he had; his victims or prisoners, as well as his lovers, were not only seeking his control, but also partners who were dispassionate and thoughtless. This film included a series of sexual relationships with both female and male stars, such as Gene Tierney, Ginger Rogers, Fay Wray, Katharine Hepburn, Olivia de Havilland, Ava Gardner, Corinne Griffith, Bessie Love, Bette Davis, Ida Lupino, Billie Dove, Carole Lombard, Errol Flynn, Randolph Scott, and Cary Grant.

Billie Dove
Bessie Love
Carole Lombard

Hughes cultivated a profound fascination with aviation during the production of Hell’s Angels. The Hughes Aircraft Company was established by Hughes in 1932. The most cutting-edge aircraft at the time, the H-1, was constructed and personally test-flown by Hughes in 1934. On September 13, 1935, he achieved a new speed record, propelling the plane to 352 mph. Three years later, Hughes piloted a Lockheed 14 with a crew of four on a circumnavigation flight, surpassing Charles Lindbergh’s previous record for the New York to Paris route.

Corinne Griffith
Ida Lupino
Lilian Bond

Charles Higham (2004) argues in his book “The Secret Life of Howard Hughes” that during those days, the District Attorney could have sold and bought anything with sufficient money, and the fact that anyone could get away with it. Hughes was charged with manslaughter and arrested despite the fact that he had broken the law by driving recklessly through Los Angeles, causing the death of a pedestrian named Gabriel when he struck him while driving on Wilshire Boulevard on June 11th.

In her autobiography “Me: Stories of My Life,” she pointed out that she had turned water for him to love her, and later discovered what was happening when she moved back to her home in Connecticut. In 1938, he continued to sleep with Olivia de Havilland and Ginger Rogers, but began living with Katharine Hepburn.

Ava Gardner
Olivia de Havilland
Gene Tierney

The corporation possessed 78% of the shares, in due course. On behalf of Hughes, Dietrich initiated the acquisition of stocks in Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 1939. Hughes Aircraft and RKO Pictures also served as executives. Hughes Tool Company accounted for the majority of the $60 million valuation of Hughes by 1938.

Hughes was awarded two contracts, one for $18 million and the other for $22 million, to construct military aircraft during the Second World War. As a result, he designed and constructed an enormous plywood cargo seaplane called HK-1, capable of transporting thirty-five tons of personnel and weaponry. Additionally, he developed a highly speedy photo-reconnaissance airplane known as F-11.

Preston Sturges established a film company with Hughes in the subsequent year. Originally prohibited due to her noticeable bosom, The Outlaw, helmed by Hughes and featuring Jane Russell, was created in 1943. Hughes also resumed his involvement in the film industry.

However, Lana Turner was clearly uninterested in having a physical affair with Hughes. She made it clear that she had no interest in him, despite sharing a bed with him. The beautiful blonde actress was ambitious, strong-willed, and feisty, as pointed out by Charles Higham, his biographer. During this period, he had sexual relationships with Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Richard Cormwell, Russell Gleason, and Tyrone Power.

Jane Russell in The Outlaw (1943)
Jane Russell in The Outlaw (1943)

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“According to a congressman who frequently visited Hughes’s home, if the girls received a payment of two hundred dollars, it was a significant underpayment. Julius Krug, the head of the War Production Board, was one of the regular attendees at these gatherings. As part of their responsibilities, they were required to swim without clothing in Hughes’s pool. Howard compensated movie starlets with $200 for their presence at these events. Brewster also highlighted that Hughes organized “softening-up parties” for government officials.”

When the campaign against Brewster began, Hughes refused to merge with Am Pan and claimed that Brewster’s approach posed a serious threat. According to Hughes, Am Pan was trying to persuade the United States government to set up a worldwide monopoly under its control. As part of this plan, Am Pan was forcing all existing American carriers to either merge with them or shut down their overseas operations. According to leaked information, journalists Drew and Pearson accused Hughes of corruption.

Hughes helped divert attention away from the government’s wasteful spending by charging Brewster, but Brewster denied the charges. He also accused Brewster of blackmailing him by merging World Trans with Pan Am. These charges were repeated when he appeared before the Senate’s War Investigating Committee. It was reported that Brewster stayed for free at Vice President Sam Pryor’s holiday home in Hobe Sound, Florida, where Am Pan provided him with free flights. Jack Anderson and Drew Pearson believed Hughes and started their own campaign against Brewster Owen.

The committee eventually disbanded and the meetings stopped. The Senate Investigating Committee never completed its report on the non-delivery of the HK-1 and the F-11.

Hollywood celebrities allure stars with their influence and authority, which Howard Hughes used to maintain his control. Edward Lasker, who was rejected by his advances, proposed to Jane Greer, asking her, “Will it mean the end of my career?” He responded, “I suppose it will, yes.” Greer replied, “Well, I will just have to focus on having children then.”

Hughes’ romantic partners during the early 1950s encompassed Yvonne De Carlo, Rita Hayworth, Barbara Payton, Jean Peters, and Terry Moore. Hughes, together with Harry Cohn, her studio supervisor, compelled her to undergo an abortion when Hayworth conceived. Additionally, he briefly dated Zizi Jeanmaire. Nevertheless, she subsequently asserted that he was unable to engage in sexual intercourse with her.

In 1956, the Hughes Tool Company extended a loan of $205,000 to Nixon Incorporated, a company operated by Richard’s sibling, Donald Nixon. The loan was never repaid. Hughes delved into politics and clandestinely backed Richard Nixon. Shortly after the loan was given, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) overturned its earlier ruling to bestow tax-exempt status upon the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Besides Jean Peters, Maheu was considered Hughes’ most reliable telephone confidant, as stated by the author of Howard Hughes: The Secret Life (2004). This involved gathering intelligence on competitors and deterring potential extortionists. In 1956, Hughes started hiring Robert Maheu, a former FBI agent and experienced in CIA counter-espionage operations, as a freelance consultant.

President Eisenhower’s campaign was undermined in 1956 by Christian Herter, who replaced Richard Nixon as his running-mate. It was discovered that Maheu, an agent of the CIA, employed Hughes to ask Ava Gardner to spy on Robert Maheu. Stuart Cramer, the former husband of Jean Peters, was the one who discovered this.

Charles Hughes hired three strapping Mormons to work eight-hour shifts at the bungalow in order to intercept and kill the insects. He was not sure if he would be able to successfully eliminate them. This decision was motivated by his extreme paranoia and hypochondria, as he was already showing signs of these conditions. Charles Hughes lived in a large bungalow in Palm Springs, where he constantly feared the presence of flies. Eventually, he married Jean Peters in 1957, but his proposals to Susan Hayward and Jean Simmons were rejected.

During the 1960 presidential election, it was claimed that John F. Kennedy’s defeat of Richard Nixon was helped by a story that his brother had been given money. Later, Nixon was forced to admit that he had initially been denied the loan, but it was revealed during the Anderson Jack and Drew Pearson interviews that the loan was given to Nixon by Donald Hughes.

The Mafia, working independently, hoped that the media would believe that the assassins had been killed or apprehended. In Cuba, Castro’s closure of their lucrative brothels and casinos infuriated the Mafia. The CIA offered a plausible explanation by utilizing the Mafia for this operation. Maheu, who was employed by the CIA, orchestrated the conspiracy. In 1960, Richard Bissell and Allen W. Dulles made the decision to collaborate with the Mafia in order to assassinate Fidel Castro.

In order to eliminate Castro, Maheu informed Roselli and Giancana that the CIA was prepared to provide a sum of $150,000. At the Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Robert Maheu organized a meeting between two CIA operatives and Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana on September 25th.

According to the Miami Herald’s report on August 25th, 1963, Bernard Barker, who worked with Howard E. Hunt, collaborated with Fidel Castro in the CIA secret operation against war. This included Operation Pluto and Operation Mongoose. Additionally, Cay Sal island in the Bahamas, made available by Hughes, served as a dual-purpose storehouse for arms and a rendezvous point for anti-Castro raiders and anti-Communist East Germans looking to escape to freedom through the Berlin Wall, similar to a gateway.

During the Vietnam War, the government accused Hughes’ rival company, Bell Helicopter, of delivering the necessary helicopters slowly and overcharging. However, Hughes himself found that he was excluded from a contract and went to the chief of Bell Helicopter to accuse him of making a fortune by selling helicopters to the government, resulting in a loss of $268 million over three years.

In 1966, Hughes sold his stock in Trans World Airlines for $546 million. He used this money to buy four hotels and six casinos in Las Vegas, where he moved to oversee this business. Robert Maheu was employed to explain his role in the operation. Maheu explained that Hughes wanted to develop the property on the Strip and tie it all together, so he saw the city as a catalyst for cleaning up and did not want it to be like Coney Island or a honky-tonk. When he came here, he wanted to properly develop it.

In 1965, the Atomic Energy Commission announced that it was going to begin nuclear tests at Pahute Mesa, only 150 miles away from Howard Hughes’ home. During the 1968 presidential campaign, Robert Maheu told Humphrey that Hughes was willing to pay him $100,000 if he was elected and promised to appoint a committee of scientists to study the effects of radiation. Humphrey said he would be willing to do something about these nuclear tests if he was elected, but he refused to oppose them. However, Richard Nixon contacted Hughes and elected him president.

Kennedy agreed to pay O’Brien $15,000 a month as a result of the meeting. On July 4th, 1968, O’Brien met Robert Maheu, the campaign manager expert for Kennedy, in Las Vegas. O’Brien decided to buy Larry, his brother, so that Edward Kennedy would not be worried. On June 4th, 1968, Robert Kennedy was assassinated. If Bobby were to die, only his rival candidate, Humphrey, lacked the name ineffable and charisma glamour that Kennedy dreaded. Hughes was now elated and pledged $300,000 to the committee, which delighted him. According to the author of “The Secret Life of Howard Hughes” (2004),

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Hughes, a recluse, died on April 5, 1976, while being transported to a hospital in Houston on a private jet, leaving behind an estimated $2 billion estate. Despite his deteriorating health, he managed to run his business interests from a sealed-off suite in a hotel.