LAST OWNER OF MORVEN STUD, JOHN KLUGE, DIES

According to BloodHorse.com, John Kluge, who owned Morven Stud and once was listed as the richest person in the United States, died Sept. 7 at his Charlottesville, Va., home. He was 95.
Kluge purchased Morven in 1988, after which he raced nine stakes winners in the farm name, including Grade I performers Buy the Firm, Lady in Silver, and Unaccounted For.
Buy the Firm won the 1991 Top Flight Handicap Gr.I, and Lady in Silver ran second to subsequent champion Steinlen in the 1989 Arlington Million Gr.I. Unaccounted For captured the 1995 Whitney Handicap Gr.I and placed third and second respectively behind Cigar in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic Gr.I and Jockey Club Gold Cup Gr.I.
Kluge was born in Germany and moved with his family to the U.S. as a youth. A graduate of Columbia University, he worked in Army intelligence during World War II.
Kluge had interests in numerous businesses, including Metromedia, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Ice Capades. He dispersed his Thoroughbred stock in 2000 and later donated Morven Stud and additional acreage to the University of Virginia.

He was a philanthropist of the highest order giving away $410 million from 2003 to 2008. In April 2007, Kluge pledged $400 million to alma mater Columbia University for student financial aid. Previously, Kluge gave $60 million to the Library of Congress and established the Kluge Prize for human sciences, an award comparable to the Nobel Prizes in economics and literature.