Huntington Hartford

Huntington Hartford

Businessman + Philanthropists + Film Producer + Art Collector
Born Apr 18, 1911

George Huntington Hartford II was the heir to the A&P supermarket fortune. When he died in 2008, some obituaries noted that, Hartford "had once ranked among the world's richest people", but he squandered most of his fortune on investments and business decisions over the years. Huntington's father, Edward V.… Read More

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1911 Birth Born on April 18, 1911.


1922 11 Years Old 1 More Event
After his father's death in 1922, Hartford became one of the heirs to the estate left by his grandfather and namesake, George Huntington Hartford. … Read More


1931 20 Years Old Hartford was married four times, all ending in divorce, and had four children. His mother intended Huntington to marry Doris Duke, but in April 1931, Huntington married Mary Lee Epling, the 18-year-old daughter of a dentist from Covington, West Virginia. They divorced in 1939. … Read More
1934 23 Years Old After his graduation from Harvard in 1934, he went to work at A&P headquarters in New York in the statistical department. … Read More
1936 25 Years Old On 10 November 1936, he purchased from Alan Villiers the sailing ship Joseph Conrad which he converted to a private yacht, and donated to the U.S. Maritime Commission as a sail training ship in 1939.
1940 29 Years Old In 1940, Hartford invested $100,000 to help start a newspaper, PM, with Marshall Field III and worked as a reporter for the publication. … Read More


1949 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Hartford owned Huntington Hartford Productions which produced several films including the Abbott and Costello film, Africa Screams, in 1949.
1950 39 Years Old In 1950, Hartford produced Hello Out There, the last film of James Whale, the acclaimed director of the 1931 version of Frankenstein. … Read More


1955 44 Years Old In 1955, Hartford founded the Oil Shale Corporation, later known as Tosco, and was its majority shareholder and chairman. … Read More
1957 46 Years Old 1 More Event
This partnership led to Flynn staying in Hartford's pool-house briefly in 1957–58 and is the origin of a legend that "The Pines" was Flynn's estate. … Read More
1959 48 Years Old In 1959, Hartford bought Hog Island in the Bahamas, renamed it Paradise Island. … Read More


1962 51 Years Old In 1962, Hartford married Diane Brown at "Melody Farm" in Mahwah, New Jersey. … Read More
In 1964, Hartford offered the Pines as a gift to the city but was turned down by Mayor Sam Yorty. … Read More


1981 70 Years Old Five years later, he married Elaine Kay but was divorced again in 1981.
1988 77 Years Old Catherine Hartford died of a drug overdose in June 1988. … Read More
2004 93 Years Old In February 2004, he and his daughter moved to Lyford Cay in the Bahamas.
2008 97 Years Old Hartford died at his home in Lyford Cay on May 19, 2008 at the age of 97. … Read More
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