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Sam Wyly

Born: 1934
Birthplace: Lake Providence, LA

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian Science
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Early computer entrepreneur

Military service: US Army Reserves (1957-63)

Made billions of dollars with a series of companies in the fledgling computer industry in the 1960s, plus a long stint owning the Bonanza/Ponderosa steakhouse chain and Michael's hobby shops. Frequently partnered in business with his brother, Charles Wyly. Charged with insider trading and securities fraud in 2010.

Father: Charles J. Wyly, Sr. (newspaper publisher)
Mother: Flora (dance teacher)
Wife: Cheryl (six children by three marriages)
Son: Evan

    High School: Delhi High School, Delhi, LA
    University: BS, Louisiana Tech University (1956)
    University: MBA, University of Michigan (1958)
    Administrator: Trustee, Southern Methodist University

    Ranger Capital Group Founder (2001-)
    Sterling Commerce Founder (1996-2000)
    Green Mountain Energy Company Founder and President (1995-2006)
    Maverick Capital Co-Founder (1990-)
    Frost Bros. Co-Owner (1986-89)
    Michaels Stores Co-Owner (1984-2006)
    Sterling Software Co-Founder (1980-2000)
    Bonanza Steakhouse Corp. Co-Owner (1967-89)
    Computer Leasing Co. Founder (1972-)
    Wyly Corp. Founder (1972-)
    Datran Co-Founder (1969-78)
    Earth Resources Company Co-Founder (1968-80)
    Gulf Insurance President (1968-)
    University Computing Company Founder and President (1963-68)
    Honeywell Sales, Dallas Area Sales Mgr. (1961-62)
    IBM Sales, Service Bureau Corporation (1958-61)
    Member of the Board of Green Mountain Energy Company (1997-2005)
    Member of the Board of LTV
    Member of the Board of Michaels Stores (1984-2006; as Chairman. 1984-2001)
    Member of the Board of PBS
    Member of the Board of Scottish Annuity & Life Holdings (as Chairman, 1998-2000)
    Member of the Board of Sterling Software (as Chairman, 1981-2000)
    Member of the Board of Sterling Commerce (1996-2000)
    Member of the Board of University Computing Company (1963-72; as Chairman, 1968-72)
    Eagle Scout 1950
    Insider Trading 2010
    Securities Fraud 2010
    Brownback for President
    Bush-Quayle '92
    Bush Pioneer 2000
    Bush Pioneer 2004
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Dallas Center for the Performing Arts
    Dole-Kemp '96
    Friends of Phil Gramm PAC
    McCain for Senate '98
    National Republican Congressional Committee
    National Republican Senatorial Committee
    Republican National Committee
    Republicans for Clean Air
    Santorum 2000
    Straight Talk America
    Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
    Volunteer PAC
    Irish Ancestry
    Scottish Ancestry

Author of books:
1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire (2008)


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