West Virginia businessman known for being the founder of the auto insurance company the Mercury Insurance Group. His net worth was estimated at $1 billion by Forbes in 2006.
He served in World War II and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Physics and Mathematics.
He got the idea to found an auto insurance company while working as a door-to-door salesman for the Occidental Life Insurance Company.
He has been married and has five children.
He and coal tycoon Chris Cline are both entrepreneurs from the state of West Virginia.