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Daniel K. Ludwig

Daniel K. LudwigAKA Daniel Keith Ludwig

Born: 24-Jun-1897
Birthplace: South Haven, MI
Died: 27-Aug-1992
Location of death: Manhattan, NY
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Philanthropist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Invisible Billionaire

Shipping magnate, with a fleet of some 60 ships, many of them oil supertankers. At one point, he owned a 3 1/2 million acre island in the Amazon basin, used for a sprawling forestry and mining development project, which ended unsuccessfully. Among America's first billionaires in 1976, Ludwig was ranked #1 on the first Forbes 400 list, 1982, his net worth then $2B.

Father: Daniel L. Ludwig
Mother: Flora Belle Ludwig
Wife: Gladys Madeline Jones (m. 29-Feb-1928, div. Apr-1937, one daughter)
Daughter: Patricia Ludwig (b. 8-Oct-1936, unacknowledged)
Wife: Gertrude Virginia Higgins ("Ginger", b. 13-Jan-1897, m. 1937, d. 8-Apr-1993)

    High School: (dropped out, grade eight)

    American-Hawaiian Steamship Company
    Exportadora de Sal, SA
    International Tankers Company
    National Bulk Carriers Founder, CEO (1936-87)
    Ocean Tankships, SA
    Southwest Savings and Loan Association
    Ludwig Fund for Cancer Research Founder (1971)
    Shipwrecked tanker explosion (1926)
    German Ancestry

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