United States Industrialist and billionaire Howard R. Hughes
Howard Hughes was a famous American business magnate who became the richest man in the world.
Although almost all of the individuals in Howard Hughes’ inner circle never actually met him, Meier not only met with him regularly but at one point was only one of five people allowed to see him. Meier was referred to in the press as Howard Hughes “right-hand man” and “the man to see about any of Howard Hughes operations”. President of the United States Richard Nixon’s brother, Don, testified to the United States Senate Watergate Committee that he viewed Meier as “the number-two man with Hughes” and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that Meier was “the number one aide to Howard Hughes from the mid-1960’s to the early 1970’s”. There is also information on John Meier in the Nevada State Museum of Las Vegas in the Material Collected about Howard Hughes Section. Books relating to Howard Hughes that Meier appears in, include Hoax, which revealed him playing the key role in helping to expose Clifford Irving’s falsified autobiography of Hughes.
After knowing Hughes for 15 years, Hughes was grooming Meier to eventually take control of Hughes’ fortune, by planning on placing Meier in charge of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), but Meier had come to learn too much about what was really going on in the Hughes Organization and he decided to resign from working with Hughes directly in order to focus his attention on the environment, and created the Nevada Environmental Foundation. Although the Meier / Hughes relationship continued as Hughes was the one financing the Foundation.
Meier was the first person to expose the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) connection with the Hughes Organization and he was the only person to call for an investigation into the death of Howard Hughes.
The individuals who had kidnapped Hughes from Las Vegas had formed a company called Summa Corporation, which they falsely claimed was the Hughes Organization to try and convince the world that Hughes was still alive and in control of his company in order to seize control of the Hughes Empire.
There is a saying “If you can convince everyone the truth is fake then you can keep the power to yourself”.
Summa and its security division Intertel where essentially acting as fronts for the CIA.
Summa had tried to destroy Meier, as Meier was a threat to them as he was trying to expose the people behind Summa and how he believed Hughes wasn’t alive anymore.
Meier had later witnessed Hughes frozen body in a Cryonic chamber, when Summa was still claiming that Hughes was living. Hughes previously had Meier purchase the chamber, which Meier bought from an individual who Hughes had described as his financial agent in Europe but who Meier eventually learned was the CIA’s paymaster in Europe.
A few months after Meier had seen Hughes’ body, American investigative reporter Jack Anderson reported that the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now believes Hughes has actually been dead for years.
Summa then wanted to depose Meier in a court case, and it was agreed in court that Meier would be allowed to depose Hughes after Meier’s deposition. Meier knew this would be a way to expose Summa. On April 5, 1976, Meier allowed Summa’s lawyers to examine him in the deposition, but once finished, their lawyer left the room for a few minutes and came back in and said Meier couldn’t depose Hughes now because he had just died. Meier was besieged by reporters at the time and he told the press that the timing of Hughes’ death was “very convenient” and that Hughes didn’t die that day but some time before.
A year after it was announced that Hughes had died, Meier was able to obtain the secret Howard Hughes documents from Mexico (which even the CIA had not been able to get), by working with a Member of Canadian Parliament, John Reynolds, who obtained them from the Mexican Government because of his investigation into CIA activities in Canada.