He along with his twin brother, David, were born on December 2, 1915, in Nyc, to Hearst and his wife, Millicent. He followed the protocol of a dutiful heir, browsing the family business to success believed the 20th century. Randolph first attended prep school, the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, before moving forward to Harvard University. He entered the family business not long after graduation, working first at the Atlanta Georgian.
Hearst took a pause in the family business to serve in World War I from 1942 to 1945, attaining the position of captain in the U.S. Army Air Force, Air Transport Command. He went to work in the San Francisco Call-Bulletin as well as the Oakland Post-Enquirer before becoming publisher. As the business his dad constructed started faltering at midcentury, Hearst was involved in choices to cut the failing arms and refocus efforts on television and magazines, helping direct the company into a profitable media conglomerate, and, what was even more uncommon, a privately held one. In 1973, he was named chairman of the Hearst board.
Mostly a quiet and unassuming guy, Randolph A. Hearst was more comfy tending to the business concerns of the firm instead that the more flamboyant public position his dad took. The string of violent and outrageous events that unfurled over the ensuing year were trying and confusing. Hearst was always in the centre of the melee, as the national terrorists issued ultimatums and dangled Patty’s voice and fears for her safety as power plays. Holding him responsible as the figurehead of corporate America and an “enemy of individuals,” the SLA finally demanded Hearst feed the poor of California in trade for the heiress—an unwieldy and fairly wide-ranging demand that he still attempted to meet.
There was a special irony to the demand, as his mom, Millicent Hearst, had created the Free Milk Fund for Infants in 1921, which provided free milk to Nyc ‘s poor for a lot of decades, but it’s not likely the SLA was conscious with this. And though Hearst financed a $2 million business named Individuals in Need to hand out free food, the terrorists failed to return his daughter. Rather, Patty Hearst renounced her family, took the name Tania and held up a bank in San Francisco with her abductors the next year.
The ordeal had taken its toll on the Hearst union, as well as the couple finally divorced. He remarried twice more before dying of a stroke on December 18, 2000, in Nyc. He’d just retired as Hearst chairman in 1996, as well as the year before had purchased a sprawling mansion in Florida for his third wife, Veronica. For the very first time in his life, Hearst had started to have a glittering social life under her auspices.
Hearst served on the boards of several non-profit and cultural associations and financed many educational scholarship systems, but regardless of any great he did, he’ll often be recalled in the shadow of his larger than life dad as well as the abduction of his daughter.