George Hearst: Acquired his riches through the Nevada Comstock; owned shares in numerous mining concerns and invested in real estate.

Phoebe Apperson Hearst: Wife of George, a philanthropist, suffragette, feminist; donated millions of dollars to the development of the University of California Berkeley.

William Randolph Hearst: Billionaire and only child of Phoebe and George; at the height of his power, owned 28 newspapers, 18 magazines, several radio stations, and movie studios.