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Remembering California’s Bart Lytton

October 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

By Garland Pollard

Bart Lytton of Lytton FinancialWe think of all the crashed financial empires of today, and remember crashed empires of yesteryear.

Each generation leaves its famed financiers. We wondered what happened to Lytton Financial, which was a high flying savings and loan company, and its founder, Bart Lytton. He looks right out of the “Mr. Drysdale” California of the 1960s, doesn’t he.

Turns out Lytton, who was nicknamed Black Bart, was a high flyer who was very active in Democratic politics, according to a Time article. But by 1968, parts of his S&L empire were given to other banks.

Bart, who was known for his support of arts causes, died of a heart attack in June of 1969, after his empire collapsed. There is a park in Palo Alto named after him.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Richard Love // Aug 26, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    It was fun seeing your story on Bart Lytton. I worked for him for 5 years (mid 1960 to mid 1965) and could tell you many true experiences about this colorful man. I also worked for Mark Taper for about 3 years and have many recollections about him. Contact me if you have any interest. Dick Love

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