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Robert Vesco
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Entrepreneur
    (December 4, 1935-November 23, 2007)
    Famously hard-driving businessman
    Owner of International Controls Corp
    Manager of manufacturing firms and an airline
    Staged hostile takeover of Investors Overseas Corp
    Fled the country after legal problems piled up
    He is a high school dropout.
    He was more interested in booze and gambling than his family.
    He and his cohorts broke into a Swiss bank to forcibly obtain shares during a hostile takeover of Investors Overseas.
    He spent a night in jail for this.
    He was friends with Don Nixon, nephew of President Richard Nixon.
    He purchased a huge jet and transformed it into his own pleasure palace at the expense of his company and its investors (Enron, anyone?).
    He bought out Investors Overseas and looted a quarter of a billion dollars from it.
    He made secret donations to Richard Nixon of huge sums of money, which wound up funding the 'Plumbers,' the group of guys who pulled off the Watergate debacle.
    He fled to Costa Rica when his company came under scrutiny from the law.
    He was eventually extradited from Costa Rica, and fled to Cuba, where Castro welcomed him.
    After 13 years of hanging around in Cuba, Vesco began to look like Castro!
    He worked unbelievably hard as a young man to achieve the high rank he had later.
    At only 33 years old, he held shares worth fifty million dollars.
    He was eventually sentenced to jail after the Cuban government tired of his wheeling-and-dealing scam attempts there.

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