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Little-Known Facts About Romney #4

Perhaps one of the more well known among Romney’s charitable acts was the effort to find the daughter of a Bain Capital partner. In July 1996, Bob Gay told Romney that his 14-year-old daughter Melissa was missing. Romney’s response was swift and decisive. “I don’t care how long it takes,” he told his partner. “We’re going to find her.”

Romney immediately closed the Boston office and sent 56 employees to New York City to help in search efforts, while 250 Wall Street employees from various firms were also enlisted to assist. They set up a tip line and handed out 200,000 brochures. Melissa was found in Connecticut, where she had traveled without her father’s knowledge. The search efforts were reported by the press, with the Boston Globe writing that Romney and his partners “decided that finding a missing daughter was more important than operating a $1 billion investment firm.” Romney would later comment that finding Gay’s daughter was “more valuable than some financial home runs that made the front page of (the) Wall Street Journal. I mean, money is just money.”

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