He was a San Francisco billionaire investor who bankrolled the one-of-a-kind Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. He was a really amazing and nice guy. Hardly Strictly is the best 3 day music festival in the country. Completely free to 600,000 people, well run, fun and magical.
His daughter said the festival will continue but it won’t be the same without him. Tammy and met him a couple of years ago and thanked him for the festival and he thanked us for enjoying it.
He was the 1% who thought that most of the 1% needed a kick in the ass. He practically predicted the OWS movement in this Fortune article in 2007 (http://money.cnn.com/2007/10/15/markets/hellman_private_equity.fortune/?postversion=2007101514).
He’d been in and out of the hospital for several months for lukemia and it finally got the best of him.
San Francisco is San Francisco because in a country that embraces sameness and the familiar, it’s a city that appreciates different ideas. Often, it pays the price for that. But sometimes, it helps create a Warren Hellman and that’s worth something.