Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ken Lanci rides personal wealth, $1 salary pledge in colorful campaign for Cuyahoga County executive

When Ken Lanci was 13, his father purchased a Cleveland printing company for the bargain-basement price of $1.

"Nobody," Lanci recalled thinking at the time, "sells anything good for a buck."

Sure enough, unbeknownst to his dad, the business came with a $25,000 tax lien.

Fast-forward nearly five decades. Lanci, today a successful printing mogul whose first taste of the industry came in those teenage years, drives a luxury car worth more than most homes. He lives in a suburban mansion valued at nearly $2 million. He keeps an orange glow -- a distinguishing contrast to his snow-white hair -- with the help of a personal tanning bed.

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