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.