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Penthouse Founder Bob Guccione Dies at 79

Bob Guccione, the man who challenged Playboy with raunchier, full-frontal images of women that he often shot himself, died after a prolonged battle with cancer yesterday. In the eighties, General Media, Guccione's publishing empire, which also included the science and science-fiction magazine Omni, made him one of the richest men in America, before the company filed for bankruptcy after a series of bad investments, back taxes, and competition from free porn on the Internet. [NYT]

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