Billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife Dies at 82

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The billionaire Mellon banking heir who published the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and funded libertarian and conservative political causes – including a one-time effort to discredit President Bill Clinton – has died. Richard Mellon Scaife was 82.

The Tribune-Review newspaper reported that he died at his home early Friday, one day after his birthday. Scaife’s death comes less than two months after writing a story in his newspaper announcing he had inoperable cancer.

In 2013, Forbes estimated Scaife’s wealth at $1.4 billion.

Although Scaife vilified Clinton during much of his presidency, Scaife later told Vanity Fair magazine that he had lunch with the former president and “never met such a charismatic man” in his life. Scaife eventually donated $100,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative.

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