The senior Hughes made the shrewd and lucrative decision to commercialize the invention by leasing the bits instead of selling them, obtained several early patents, and founded the Hughes Tool Company in 1909.
Hughes' uncle was the famed novelist, screenwriter, and film director Rupert Hughes.
They moved to Los Angeles, where he hoped to make a name for himself as a filmmaker.
Hughes enjoyed a highly successful business career beyond engineering, aviation, and filmmaking, though many of his career endeavors involved varying entrepreneurial roles.
From a young age, Hughes was an excellent and enthusiastic golfer.
He often scored near par figures, played the game to a three handicap during his twenties, and for a time aimed for a professional golf career.
It earned nearly million, about double the production and advertising costs.
However, his certificate of baptism recorded on October 7, 1906, in the parish register of St.
He later attended math and aeronautical engineering courses at Caltech. Their deaths apparently inspired Hughes to include the creation of a medical research laboratory in the will that he signed in 1925 at age 19.
His mother Allene died in March 1922 from complications of an ectopic pregnancy. Howard Sr.'s will had not been updated since Allene's death, and Hughes inherited 75% of the family fortune.
He played frequently with top players, including Gene Sarazen.
Hughes rarely played competitively and gradually gave up his passion for the sport to pursue other interests.