BUSINESS
01/26/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How One Family Lost A $14 Million Fortune During The Financial Crisis

hat luxurious world was fueled by a check Mr. Martin received in 1998 for $14 million, his share of the $600 million sale of Martin Media, an outdoor advertising business begun by his father in California in the 1950s. After taxes, he kept about $10 million.

But as so often happens to those lucky enough to realize the American dream of sudden riches, the money slipped through the Martins' fingers faster than they ever imagined.

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