The Godfather of Sugar Daddies

Meet William Randolph Hearst, born in 1863, is credited with being the first high-profile practitioner of the Sugar Daddy movement.

Hearst is also the Godfather of the American newspaper, a publisher who built the nation’s largest newspaper chain and whose methods profoundly influenced American journalism. It is thought he is the inspiration behind the lead character in Orson Welles’s iconic movie Citizen Kane.

The original media mogul married  chorus girl Millicent Veronica Willson, with whom he had five children. As a side not, Hearst was the grandfather of Patricia “Patty” Hearst, who became infamous when she was  kidnapped by, and then joined, the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974.


But it was when Hearst met popular film actress and comedienne Marion Davies that he gained his original Sugar Daddy credentials. Laying claim to the title of Original Sugar Baby, Davies was 34 years younger than her Sugar Daddy.


From about 1919, he lived openly with her in California and is rumored to have fathered a child with her that was passed off as her niece. Hearst’s wife left him over his Sugar Baby affair (let that be a less to you budding Sugar Daddies,) but they remained legally married until his death in 1951. 


William Randolph Hurst

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