Thomas H. Friedkin

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Thomas Hoyt Friedkin is a businessman whose net worth, according to the Forbes 400 in 2008, was estimated at $2 billion. He has been described as audacious by Forbes magazine. Friedkin learned about airplanes from father, Kenneth Friedkin, who had served in Britain's Royal Air Force as a combat pilot and pilot trainer during World War II. After the war, Kenneth Friedkin opened Friedkin Aeronautics, a flight school in San Diego, California, before founding Pacific Southwest Airlines in 1949. Tom Friedkin learned to fly at an early age and was a PSA pilot in 1962 when his father died abruptly of a cerebral hemorrhage at 47. A year later, his mother also died. The following year, PSA went public and his mother's death made Tom the largest shareholder of the airline. He had a seat on the Board of Directors, but continued working as a full-time pilot for the carrier. At age 28 Friedkin married Susan and had 4 children. The airline continued operating until 1986, when US Airways purchased the carrier for $400 million. Friedkin received just $3.4 million. During the 1960s, one of Friedkin's hobbies was racing cars.
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