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July 20, 1997 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Goldsmith, swashbuckling Wall Street raider, political maverick and one of Europe's wealthiest and most colorful figures, died Saturday of a heart attack after a long struggle with cancer, his lawyer said. He was 64. The billionaire, who held joint French and British nationality, was surrounded by family members at his villa near the chic seaside resort town of Marbella in southern Spain when the end came.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1997 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Goldsmith, swashbuckling Wall Street raider, political maverick and one of Europe's wealthiest and most colorful figures, died Saturday of a heart attack after a long struggle with cancer, his lawyer said. He was 64. The billionaire, who held joint French and British nationality, was surrounded by family members at his villa near the chic seaside resort town of Marbella in southern Spain when the end came.
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April 24, 1990 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles-based Farmers Group was spared from yet another change in ownership as British financier Sir James Goldsmith abandoned his long-running $21-billion takeover bid for the insurer's owner, BAT Industries of London. Under Goldsmith's takeover plan for BAT, Farmers would have been promptly sold to a French financial firm. But efforts by Goldsmith's Hoylake Investments Ltd.
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April 23, 1990 | From Reuters
Anglo-French financier Sir James Goldsmith said today he is dropping his $21-billion takeover bid for Britain's BAT Industries PLC, ending the second-biggest takeover battle ever launched. Goldsmith's takeover vehicle, Hoylake Investments Ltd., unveiled the bid for the tobacco, financial services, retailing and paper giant in July but ran into significant regulatory hurdles to its bid. The hostile offer threw BAT into a massive restructuring in which it announced plans to shed its far-flung U.S.
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April 10, 1990 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California insurance regulators on Monday rejected a plan to purchase Los Angeles-based Farmers Insurance Group, dealing a severe blow to a related $21-billion international takeover effort by British financier Sir James Goldsmith. Two European firms--Axa Midi Assurances and Goldsmith's Hoylake Investments--had jointly sought to buy Farmers, one of the biggest insurers of cars and homes in California, which is now owned by BAT Industries of London.
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November 18, 1989 | BRUCE KEPPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
French insurer Axa Midi Assurances accused BAT Industries on Friday of using its Farmers Group subsidiary as a "poison pill" in a takeover battle. Axa Midi would own Los Angeles-based Farmers Group if Sir James Goldsmith is successful in his effort to purchase BAT Industries in what would be history's second-largest takeover. "BAT is trying to manipulate the U.S.
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November 17, 1989 | BRUCE KEPPEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An investment group led by British financier Sir James Goldsmith said Thursday that it would be prepared to launch a cash and paper bid of $20.6 billion if U.S. regulators allowed it to acquire Britain's BAT Industries. But the group emphasized that it is under no commitment to make the hostile offer, which, if successful, would be the world's second-largest takeover ever after the $25-billion leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco.
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