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Joe L. Allbritton

Joe L. AllbrittonBorn: 29-Dec-1924
Birthplace: D'Lo, MS
Died: 12-Dec-2012
Location of death: Houston, TX
Cause of death: Heart Failure

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Well-connected Washington billionaire

Military service: US Navy (1943-46)

Parlayed real estate investments into ownership of several banks and a chain of funeral homes. In addition to Riggs Bank, Allbritton's company owned nine ABC affiliates; the callsign of Washington, D.C. station WJLA-TV contains his initials. Allbritton Communications used to own The Washington Star, and owned a number of other papers until his death in 2012. Personal friend of the Reagans and Bushes. Owned racehorses. Major player at the Alfalfa Club.

Allbritton developed a business relationship with brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in the mid-1990s, and traveled to Chile on multiple occasions during that time period. Apparently, Riggs Bank opened 8 private accounts for the despot, which held between $4 and $8 million.

Allbritton Communications, now helmed by his son Robert Lewis Allbritton, launched the Politico media site in 2007. The elder Allbritton died in 2012.

Father: Lewis A. Allbritton
Mother: Ada Carpenter
Wife: Barbara Jean Balfanz (m. 23-Feb-1967, one son)
Son: Robert Lewis Allbritton (b. 1969)

    Law School: LLB, Baylor University (1949)
    Administrator: Regent, Baylor University (1997-2012)

    Allbritton Communications
    Riggs National CEO
    Member of the Board of Riggs National
    The Washington Star Publisher (1974-78)
    George Bush Presidential Library Trustee
    Alfalfa Club 1977
    Council on Foreign Relations
    Kennedy Center Trustee Emeritus
    Wedding: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver (1986)

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