Alex G. Spanos, a self-made Stockton real estate mogul who parlayed a lunch wagon into a billion-dollar fortune and became a prominent leader in business, sports and philanthropy, has died at the age of 95.
In 2008, Mr. Spanos had announced in a public letter that he had dementia.
A son of Greek immigrants who ran a bakery, Mr. Spanos lived a classic rags-to-riches story. He propelled himself with a strong work ethic and sharp business instincts that made him a billionaire developer and owner of the San Diego Chargers football team.
He started out selling sandwiches from the back of an old truck to migrant farm workers in the Central Valley. He rose to be a tycoon who traveled coast-to-coast on a fleet of private jets inspecting his business projects and hobnobbing with politicians, professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities.
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From sandwich seller to billionaire developer, Alex Spanos lived rags-to-riches story