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Conrad Black

Conrad BlackAKA Conrad Moffat Black

Born: 25-Aug-1944
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: Rapacious newspaper mogul

One-time owner of the Daily Telegraph, Jerusalem Post, Chicago Sun-Times, and approximately 200 other publications. Under scrutiny for receiving an apparent $7.2M in "unauthorized non-competition payments", Black resigned his position as CEO of Hollinger International on 17 November 2003 to attend to his legal troubles. The twin Barclay brothers David (parts hair on right) and Frederick (parts hair on left) purchased Black's stake in Hollinger for a reported $467M. In 2007 Black was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for swindling Hollinger shareholders out of $6M, but was released early in July 2010 as a consequence of the US Supreme Court's paring down of "honest services fraud" law. Incarceration did not dampen his loquacity; Black continued to write a column for the National Post from FCI Coleman Low prison in Florida.

Renounced Canadian citizenship to accept a peerage from Queen Elizabeth.

Father: George Montegu Black, Jr. (d. 1976 accident - fall)
Mother: Jean Elizabeth Riley (d. 1976)
Brother: Montegu Black (older, d.)
Wife: Joanna Catherine Louise Hishon (birth name: Shirley Gail, m. 1978, div. 1991, two sons, one daughter)
Son: Jonathan-David Black
Son: James Patrick Leonard Black
Daughter: Alana Whitney Elizabeth Black
Wife: Barbara Amiel (b. 1940, m. 1992)

    High School: Upper Canada College (expelled for selling exams)
    University: BA History, Carleton University (1965)
    Law School: Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Law School: JD, Laval University (1970)
    University: MA, McGill University

    Hollinger International CEO (1978-2003)
    The Jerusalem Post (1989-)
    The London Daily Telegraph (1985-)
    The New York Sun
    The Chicago Sun-Times
    The Sydney Morning Herald (1991-)
    National Post Founder (1998-)
    The National Interest Chairman, Intl. Advisory Board (past)
    Member of the Board of Hollinger International (as Chairman, 1978-2004)
    Member of the Board of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
    Member of the Board of CanWest Global Communications
    Member of the Board of Sotheby's
    Bilderberg Group
    Council on Foreign Relations International Advisory Board
    Fraser Institute Board of Trustees (former)
    Hudson Institute
    Institute for International Economics Board of Directors
    Nixon Center Board of Directors
    White's Club
    Order of Canada 1990
    Renounced Canadian Citizenship 2001
    Life Peerage 31-Oct-2001
    Expelled from School
    Converted to Catholicism formerly Anglican (1986)
    Took the Fifth Chicago, IL (22-Dec-2003)
    Mail Fraud indicted 17-Nov-2005, guilty of 3 counts
    Wire Fraud indicted 17-Nov-2005, not guilty
    Money Laundering charged 15-Dec-2005, not guilty
    Obstruction of Justice charged 15-Dec-2005, guilty of 1 count
    Racketeering charged 15-Dec-2005, not guilty
    Wedding: Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (2005)
    Risk Factors: Depression

Author of books:
Duplessis (1977, biography)
Conrad Black: A Life in Progress (1993, memoir)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom (2003, biography)
The Invincible Quest: The Life of Richard Milhous Nixon (2007, biography)

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