Bobby Haas, who made a fortune in the leveraged buyout business, became an aerial photographer for National Geographic and built a world-class motorcycle museum in the Dallas Design District, died unexpectedly Tuesday after a brief respiratory illness.
He was 74.
Haas made his millions three decades ago at 41 with his then business partner, Tom Hicks, by amassing and selling a soft-drink empire that included Dr Pepper, A&W and 7UP. The pair’s take from the transactions was in excess of $100 million.
“We were the right two people at the right time in the right market,” said Hicks, who was Haas’ partner for five years beginning in 1984. “We had unbelievable success. I will always look back at that with fond memories.”
By both of their accounts, Hicks and Haas had very different personalities — both