Had it not been for Raymond Cook, one of the world’s richest men might have been a lot less wealthy. For more than a decade Cook, an Andrews Kurth partner, represented Howard Hughes in his business dealings.

In 1965, it was Cook who assisted with the sale of Hughes’ shares in TWA to the air carrier, which netted the eccentric Texan more than $500 million — money Hughes used to expand his fortune even further by investing in Las Vegas real estate. Andrews Kurth continued to represent Hughes throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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