Cincinnati Financier Carl Lindner Jr. Dies

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Cincinnati financier Carl Lindner Jr., whose business empire included baseball, banks and bananas, has died. He was 92.

His company said in a statement Tuesday that he died Monday surrounded by his wife and family members from causes related to age.

Lindner was the founder and chairman of American Financial Group, a publicly traded financial company with more than $17 billion in assets. Its holdings included Chiquita Brands
International Inc., one of the world’s largest food producers.

Lindner became controlling partner and chief executive officer of the Cincinnati Reds in a 1999 deal that ended Marge Schott’s rocky 15-year reign as owner. He sold his controlling share in the Reds in 2005.

House Speaker John Boehner described Lindner as a “job creator who truly loved Cincinnati.”