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Tampa influential Finn Caspersen dead at 67



Finncaspersenbeneficialmikepease Finn M.W. Caspersen, the former chairman and CEO of Beneficial Corp. and one-time owner of 177-acre Harbour Island in Tampa, was found dead in Rhode Island from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 67.

News reports say the police found Caspersen on Sept. 7 behind an office building in the Shelter Harbor community of Westerly, R.I., where he owned a home.

Caspersen, who had lived part-time in Tampa, also owned Tampa property now occupied by the St. Pete Times Forum, and once served as chairman of the U.S. Olympic equestrian team. He vastly expanded his family fortune by selling subprime loans through Beneficial, a Delaware-based Fortune 500 firm Caspersen expanded to Tampa in the late 1990s. He sold the company in 1998 to Household International for $8 billion. The company was later absorbed by HSBC. (Photo by Mike Pease of the St. Petersburg Times.)

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:26am]


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