The billionaire who is planning his 125th birthday

March 8, 2012 | Source: New York Times

David Howard Murdock, chairman and owner of Dole. (credit: Dole Food Company, Inc.)

David Murdock, age 87, wants to reach 125, and sees no reason he can’t, provided that he continues eating the way he has for the last quarter century: with a methodical, messianic correctness that he believes can, and will, ward off major disease and minor ailment alike.

He has spent some $500 million of his fortune in recent years to construct the North Carolina Research Campus, a scientific center dedicated to his conviction that plants, eaten in copious quantities and the right variety, hold the promise of optimal health and maximal life span.

About David Murdock

Wikipedia | David Howard Murdock (born April 10, 1923 in Ohio) is an American businessman. Forbes ranks him as the 130th-richest person in the “Forbes 400” list and 376th in the “World’s Billionaires” list, with a net worth of US$3 billion as of March 2011.

In 1985, Murdock took over the nearly bankrupt Hawaiian firm Castle & Cooke, which owned pineapple and banana producer Dole Food Company.  He developed Castle & Cooke’s real estate portfolio into residential and commercial properties and turned Dole into the world’s largest producer of fruits and vegetables.

After the death of his third wife, Gabriele, Murdock has been deeply committed to finding a cure for cancer, advancing nutrition and life extension. He established the Dole Nutrition Institute to teach the benefits of a plant-based diet to promote health and prevent disease. With the help of UCLA, he oversaw the writing of the Encyclopedia of Foods, A Guide to Healthy Nutrition.

In 2006 he opened the California Health and Longevity Institute (CHLI). He is also the founder of the David Murdock Research Institute.