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Without much of a formal education, George Hearst (father of William Randolph Hearst), "quickly established himself in adulthood as a powerful miner and rancher in the Western United States."
He, himself, had little interest in the publishing industry, but was the key factor in beginning the Hearst legacy by surrendering control of the San Francisco Examiner, to only son, William.
(For more information, please visit Hearst Castle: History)