Mon. Apr 22nd, 2024
Black-and-white photo of Howard Hughes, left, and a contemporary photo of Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos, right

Howard Hughes by Acme Newspictures [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; Jeff Bezos by Steve Jurvetson [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

S4E1: Take The Money And Run | Howard Hughes & Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos


What’s in your wallet? Well, if you’re one of our subjects this week, the answer is piles and piles of money! First up, Alicia has the dirt on a towering figure of the 20th century, Howard Hughes. Hughes was a titan of industry, a Hollywood mogul, an engineer and inventor, a pilot and aircraft designer, and one of the richest people in the world during his flamboyant but ultimately tragic life.

Next, Stacie has the dish on a modern version of the same type of mind: Jeff Bezos, whose 25-year-long marriage to novelist MacKenzie Bezos ended this year. They split a $137 billion fortune and fended off an extortion plot allegedly masterminded by Saudi Arabia. It’s quite the tale.

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Alicia’s Receipts

Inside Howard Hughes: Two Authors Offer an Up Close and Personal Look at the Billionaire Aviator and Businessman Dennis McLellan / LA Times / March 27, 1996

Hughes News: Howard’s First Marriage Bill McCurdy / The Pecan Park Eagle

Howard Hughes Kept Scores of Secrets, and Terry Moore Claims She Was One of Them People Staff / People / April 26, 1976

Stacie’s Receipts

MacKenzie Bezos: Writer, Mother of Four, and High-profile Wife Rebecca Johnson / Vogue / February 20, 2013

Seattle Times on Jay Inslee’s proposed 2018 budget

Page Six on Bezos’s racy texts with Lauren Sanchez

Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of ‘Extortion and Blackmail’ Jim Rutenberg and Karen Weise / New York Times / February 7, 2019

Saudis Hacked Jeff Bezos’ Phone For Texts Also Used in Enquirer Story: Investigator Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost / March 30, 2019

No thank you, Mr. Pecker Jeff Bezos / Medium.com

Bezos Investigation Finds the Saudis Obtained His Private Data Gavin De Becker / Daily Beast / March 31, 2019

Page Six on the divorce being finalized in April

Page Six on MacKenzie’s “Giving Pledge”

Jeff Bezos Wikipedia

MacKenzie Bezos Wikipedia

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