(PatriotWise.com)- Last Thursday, Republican donor and philanthropist Foster Friess passed away at the age of 81.
The Wyoming multimillionaire who, since the 1980s, has directly given nearly $7 million to hundreds of Republican candidates. Friess was also the primary backer for Rick Santorum’s 2012 run for the Republican nomination.
In 2016, Foster Friess backed Donald Trump’s candidacy in the Republican Primary and continued to support him throughout his Presidency.
While preferring to remain a Republican “kingmaker,” Friess finally stepped into the ring himself when, in 2018, he ran for Governor of Wyoming. He lost in the Republican primary to Mark Gordon who went on to be elected governor of Wyoming that year.
In the 1960s, after serving in the US Army as an intelligence officer, Friess began his career as an investor with only $800 to his name. In 1974 he founded the firm Friess Associates, then later launched the firm’s Brandywine Fund in 1985.
Guided by his Christian faith and his belief that individuals and the private sector are better equipped than the Federal government to provide help for others, Friess had donated over $500 million to charitable causes and received a number of awards and honors for his humanitarian philanthropy over the years.
Friess and his wife ran the Friess Family Foundation which donated to relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina as well as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
In addition to his charitable work, Friess was also a staunch supporter of conservative media. In addition to helping launch Turning Point USA – the conservative organization headed up by Charlie Kirk – Friess was instrumental in the launch of Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel’s The Daily Caller.
In response to the news of his death, Carlson called Friess “the most generous person I’ve ever met.”
In 2018 Friess launched Foster’s Outriders – an organization geared to finding common ground among Independents, Democrats and Republicans as well as promoting free enterprise, limited constitutional government and traditional American values.
Foster’s Outriders also supports scholarships that enable low-income children to attend the private school of their parents’ choice.
In March Friess announced that he was suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome — a cancer that affects the bone marrow. He passed away surrounded by family in Scottsdale, Arizona.