Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes

Billionaire Howard Hughes, a businessman, engineer, aviator and film producer was a victim of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Best portrayed by Leonardo Dicaprio in The Aviator, a few of Hughes’ eccentric traits include organizing the size of his peas to obsessing over minute details.(1)

Both of Hughes parents passed away when Howard was still a minor leaving him with 75% of his family’s fortunes and the family business, Hughes Tool Company.  He moved out to Hollywood and became a successful producer of films such as Hell’s Angels and Scarface. (2)

Howard Hughes health deteriorated with age.  He became a recluse and Germophobic.  Touching items only with gloves or tissues to protect him from bacteria.(3)  When he passed away he gave $1.56 billion to various charities and Howard Hughes Medical Institution.(1)

References:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Hughes
  2. http://history1900s.about.com/od/people/p/hughes.htm
  3. http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/tourettes-famous.shtml