TAOS – The name was known to only a few around Taos Ski Valley before November.
Bacon spends his time in New York, London’s posh Knightsbridge district and Scotland, among other spots, including a sprawling ranch in Colorado and ski trips to Taos.
But Bacon doesn’t necessarily fit into all of the stereotypes of a full-fledged member of the “1 percent” (he was number 347 on the Forbes magazine list of 400 richest Americans in 2012 before slipping to 371 in 2013).
He does make numerous and large political contributions. In 2012, he gave at least $500,000 to a “super PAC” supporting Mitt Romney and has also provided financial support to other prominent Republicans, including Speaker of the House John Boehner, former Hewlitt-Packard CEO and California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
He’s also sprinkled campaign money on Democrats, including U.S. senators and cousins Tom Udall of New Mexico and Mark Udall of Colorado, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
But he’s best known for – besides being rich and a successful, prescient hedge-fund manager with his Moore Capital Management – his dedication to conservationist causes. Through the Moore Charitable Foundation, Bacon gives to organizations that support the outdoor values he was imbued with from his North Carolina youth.
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