Harold Simmons — American Businessman born on May 13, 1931,

Harold Clark Simmons was an American businessman and billionaire whose banking expertise helped him develop the acquisition concept known as the leveraged buyout to acquire various corporations. He was the owner of Contran Corporation and of Valhi, Inc.,. As of 2006 he controlled 5 public companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange: NL Industries; Titanium Metals Corporation, the world's largest producer of titanium; Valhi, Inc., a multinational company with operations in the chemicals, component products, Waste Control Specialists, titanium metals industries; CompX International, manufacturer of ergonomic products, and Kronos Worldwide, leading producer and marketer of titanium dioxide... (wikipedia)

Money brings a lot of responsibility as to what you're going to do with it, and I've given quite a bit of thought to that.
I'm not trying to change an image, I'm just trying to make sure that the facts match the image. The facts are basically that I'm a builder. I have not dissembled any company nor split up any companies, nor do I ever buy any companies with that intent.
You never talk about what you want when giving money. I don't pay attention to what other people think... There shouldn't be restrictions of any kind on political contributions.
I definitely have a shareholders' perspective. I'm not doing that altruistically. I'm doing that because it's in my own self interest to do it. I think that's good for my other shareholders because they go along with me: If I do well for myself, then they do well for themselves.
I don't think I have a black-hat image.

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