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Larry Lee Hillblom (1943 - 1995) was a co-founder of DHL Worldwide Express, a shipping company. 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The DHL logo A DHL Boeing 757 A DHL Sprinter van DHL Boat DHL is a company that provides international shipping of documents and freight as well as contract logistics. ...

Larry Hillblom was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley's Boalt Hall, and in 1969, co-founded DHL, which delivered shipping documents via air courier days before the ship arrived, so that the ships could be quickly unloaded. The company was later transformed into a general air courier, and Hillblom's wealth expanded to become worth several billion. The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, UC Berkeley, UCB, or simply Berkeley) is a prestigious, public, coeducational university situated in the foothills of Berkeley, California to the east of San Francisco Bay, overlooking the Golden Gate and its bridge. ... Boalt Halls law library was expanded in 1996 with the North Addition, pictured above. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...

In the 1980s, he moved to Saipan, where he started several businesses and development projects in Hawaii, Vietnam and the Philippines. Saipan (IPA: in English) is the largest island and site of the capital of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a chain of 15 tropical islands in the western Pacific Ocean with a total area of 120 km² (46. ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,941 sq mi (28,337 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ...

In Vietnam, he spent $40 million restoring the Dalat Palace Hotel, in an attempt to recreate colonial times. The investment was done via an overseas holding company to avoid an American embargo against Vietnam. The hotel featured French restaurants and "Larry's Bar". This investment did not prove fruitful, and Hillblom lost all of his money. The hotel was closed, but reopened under the management of Accor, a French hotel group. [1] This article is about the economic term. ... Accor (Euronext: AC) is a large French multinational corporation, part of the CAC 40 index, whose main business is running chains of hotels and restaurants. ...

He was an aircraft enthusiast, and flew several vintage aircraft. Hillblom's seaplane crashed on May 21, 1995, on a flight from Pagan Island to Saipan. Bodies of several fellow passengers were found, but Hillblom's body was never recovered. May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... Pagan Island is an island of the Northern Mariana Islands chain, located at 18. ...

Hillblom's will stated that the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) would receive his estate, and did not specify any children in the 1982 will. There was no "disinheritance clause" in the will, which Hillblom thought was unnecessary since he did not recognize his illegitimate children.[2]. However, according to Saipan law, illegitimate children born after a will has been drawn up are entitled to make a claim on the estate.[3] The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a public university located in San Francisco, California. ...

Various girls in several different countries made claims that he was the father of their children. They stated that Hillblom had visited bars in Micronesia, the Philippines and Micronesia, offering teenagers money in exchange for sex. Almost every attorney in Saipan became involved in the case, said one Saipan attorney.[3] However, since Hillblom's body was not recovered in the crash, there was no DNA that could be used to determine paternity. However, his house in Saipan had been wiped clean. The sinks had been scrubbed with muriatic acid, and toothbrushes, combs, hairbrushes and clothes had been found buried in the backyard, making them useless for DNA testing.[2] The general structure of a section of DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid —usually in the form of a double helix— that contains the genetic instructions specifying the biological development of all cellular forms of life, and most viruses. ... The chemical hydrochloric acid is a highly acidic aqueous solution of hydrogen chloride (HCl). ...

Investigators discovered he had a facial mole removed at UCSF Medical Center, and it was still there, and UCSF agreed to relinquish the mole (although its release could of course deprive UCSF of the estate if it could be used to prove Hillblom had sired children). It later turned out that the mole was not from Hillblom.[2] Mole may mean: Mole (animal), a small burrowing mammal Mole (espionage), a spy working under deep cover Mole (sauce), a Mexican sauce made from chile peppers and other spices, including chocolate Mole (skin marking), a small spot of darkened pigment on the skin Mole (unit) is the SI unit for...

Hillblom's mother and brother refused to submit their DNA (which could have also been used to determine paternity of the various children). Investigators then decided to use a different tactic: how did the DNA of the children compare to each other? Since the women were in different countries, if their children shared certain DNA markers, they'd almost certainly have the same father. However, investigators in the case were able to convince Hillblom's mother to supply a sample of her DNA in exchange for $1 million and a French villa.[2]

It was ultimately determined that a Vietnamese child, 2 Filipino children and a child from Guam were fathered by Hillblom.

In the final settlement, each of the four children received $90 million (about $50 million after taxes and fees), while the remaining $240 million went to the University of California for medical research.[4]


  1. ^ Wall Street Journal, "A Vietnamese Hotel Gets Second Chance In 'Capital of Love'; DHL Co-Founder Left Behind A Complicated Legacy And a Hot Spot in Dalat", James Hookway, January 3, 2006, Pg. A1
  2. ^ a b c d Wall Street Journal, "The Fatherlode: Settled Paternity Suit Makes Junior Hillblom One Very Rich Kid --- Three Others Get $50 Million Each, Too, but Wealth Has Certain Drawbacks --- Jetting in to Catch the Knicks, Robert Frank, March 20, 2000, pg. A1
  3. ^ a b Los Angeles Times, "Asian Children Finally Get Part of $550-Million Estate; Wealth: U.S. businessman's trysts caused a tangled legal battle. UC will also get a substantial piece of the inheritance", by Mary Curtius, May 20, 1999, pg. 1
  4. ^ San Francisco Business Times, "The Week in Review", page 10, January 16, 1998.

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Larry L. Hillblom Foundation (252 words)
It is funded through a bequest from Larry L. Hillblom, a respected international businessman who was one of the three founders of DHL Worldwide Express.
Hillblom’s will, substantially all of the Foundation’s funding should be used to support medical research with particular attention to research programs conducted by the University of California.
The mission of The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation, Inc. ("LLHF") is to provide philanthropic support exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational purposes.
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