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Billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife dies at 82

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 4, 2014 8:10 AM
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Richard Mellon Scaife, owner and publisher of the Tribune Review newspapers in Pittsburgh and Greensburg, Pa. File photo October 23, 1997.

(Pittsburgh) -- 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.

He died at his home early today, 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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