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J. B. Fuqua, at 87; was philanthropist

ATLANTA -- J. B. Fuqua, a business tycoon and philanthropist who built a multibillion-dollar conglomerate and became an important figure in the Georgia Democratic Party, has died of complications from bronchitis. He was 87.

Dorothy Fuqua said her husband died Wednesday night at Piedmont Hospital, where he was taken two weeks ago.

Mr. Fuqua bought and sold 60 companies through his Fuqua Industries empire, which had $2 billion in revenue in 1979.

He was the retired chairman of the former Fuqua Industries Inc., a Fortune 500 company that was involved principally in sporting goods, lawn and garden equipment, and photo finishing.

In 1993 Mr. Fuqua changed its name to Actava Group Inc. and two years later merged with three other companies in a four-way stock-swap merger. The result was a global communications, entertainment, and media company known as Metromedia International Group Inc.

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