Billionaire Scaife says he has untreatable cancer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Billionaire media mogul Richard Mellon Scaife says he has an untreatable form of cancer.

Scaife is the publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and owner of Trib Total Media. He said in a column (http://bit.ly/1nVFWg4 ) published Sunday that he learned of his diagnosis recently.

Scaife is an heir to the Mellon banking fortune and a notable backer of conservative causes. He serves as the vice chairman of the board of the Heritage Foundation.

Scaife says some who dislike him may "rejoice" at the news of his diagnosis, but he "can't share their enthusiasm." He went on to say none of the causes he's supported give him such a great a sense of accomplishment as the newspaper business.

Last year, Forbes estimated Scaife's worth at $1.4 billion.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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