|Joe L. Allbritton|
Birthplace: D'Lo, MS
Location of death: Houston, TX
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Well-connected Washington billionaire
Military service: US Navy (1943-46)
Parlayed real estate investments into ownership of several banks and a chain of funeral homes. In addition to Riggs Bank, Allbritton's company owned nine ABC affiliates; the callsign of Washington, D.C. station WJLA-TV contains his initials. Allbritton Communications used to own The Washington Star, and owned a number of other papers until his death in 2012. Personal friend of the Reagans and Bushes. Owned racehorses. Major player at the Alfalfa Club.
Allbritton developed a business relationship with brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in the mid-1990s, and traveled to Chile on multiple occasions during that time period. Apparently, Riggs Bank opened 8 private accounts for the despot, which held between $4 and $8 million.
Allbritton Communications, now helmed by his son Robert Lewis Allbritton, launched the Politico media site in 2007. The elder Allbritton died in 2012.
Father: Lewis A. Allbritton
Mother: Ada Carpenter
Wife: Barbara Jean Balfanz (m. 23-Feb-1967, one son)
Son: Robert Lewis Allbritton (b. 1969)
Law School: LLB, Baylor University (1949)
Administrator: Regent, Baylor University (1997-2012)
Riggs National CEO
Member of the Board of Riggs National
The Washington Star Publisher (1974-78)
George Bush Presidential Library Trustee
Alfalfa Club 1977
Council on Foreign Relations
Kennedy Center Trustee Emeritus
Wedding: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver (1986)
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