LYFORD CAY, Bahamas — Huntington Hartford II, the A&P heir noted for extravagantly spending a fortune on money-losing ventures and costly divorces, died at his home here at age 97, reports said Tuesday. Hartford, the grandson and namesake of A&P’s founder, only spent a short time in the employ of the family grocery chain, but inherited about $100 million in A&P stock. Hartford used that fortune to fund a series of failed ventures in the media, arts and entertainment fields. The Hartford family, which founded A&P in 1859, sold to Germany’s Tengelmann Group in 1979. Tengelmann continues to be the retailer’s largest shareholder.
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