Wealthy eccentrics

Sometimes the rich are a little different.

James West (1903-57)
James West (1903-57)
"Silver Dollar Jim" was quintessential Texas. Although he got a law degree, he made his money in cattle and oil, and liked to be photographed in a ten-gallon hat. He got his nickname because he would only tip silver dollars (sometimes fistfuls at a time). Deciding that blue was the best color, he promptly had all his cars (there were dozens, mostly Cadillacs) painted that color. A police buff, he liked to wear a diamond-studded Texas Ranger badge and go with the cops on high-speed chases, sometimes tossing silver dollars along the way.

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