GOP donor, investor, philanthropist Foster Friess dies at 81

Foster Friess
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Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 11:53 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Republican political donor, investor and philanthropist Foster Friess has died. He was 81. Friess was a multimillionaire who lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and a GOP kingmaker who donated lavishly to candidates and charitable causes over four decades.

Federal campaign finance records show Friess directly gave almost $7 million to hundreds of candidates. He was perhaps best known for supporting former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s presidential run in 2012. Friess gave over $500 million to charitable causes over his lifetime.

Diagnosed in September with a bone-marrow disease, Friess died surrounded by family in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Thursday.

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