Anthony Helstrom, CEO and majority shareholder of the Indigo Corporation, is now one of the wealthiest men alive. And he certainly didn't get there by playing nice. Helstrom is a shrewd businessman and a cunning negotiator. He is also utterly ruthless when it comes to his business interests. As the CEO of Indigo, Helstrom has overseen the hostile takeover of thirteen different companies spanning countless markets worldwide including media (print, video, and film) distribution and publishing, internet and cable, electronics manufacturing, aerospace engineering, and uranium enrichment. If any of Helstrom's business ventures aren't legal, he (or at least his PR people) has managed to keep it well under wraps. Helstrom is also a close friend and known associate of Senator Brian York. Their dealings, however, are much less public.
Helstrom was born in 1934 in a run-down tenament in the heart of Brooklyn. His mother and father had immigrated from Austria after loosing everything during the First World War. As recent immigrants with little or no grasp of English, Helstrom's parents could only find work in menial labor (construction and housekeeping) and Anthony grew up in cripling poverty. However, his teachers discovered him to be very intelligent and a quick learner and he rapidly outpaced his classmates in his study of English and mathematics. During World War II, anti-German riots raged through New York City. Helstrom's father was killed by teamsters while trying to defend his home and property.
After completing his primary education, Helstrom left New York for Boston to attend Harvard on a full-ride merit scholarship. He graduated in four years with two degrees - in Political Science and Macroeconomics. From there, he moved back to New York where he earned his J.D. at Columbia University. His mother never lived to see him graduate. During his final years at Columbia, Helstrom slid into a deep depression and became obsessed with his work. It was during this time that he first made the aquaintance of a young Brian York, who was then serving as a clerical assistant to Helstrom's professor. Aided, undoubtedly, by Helstrom's prestige within the institution, York was accepted into Columbia Law despite lacking the appropriate qualifications or references. Their friendship continues to this day.
Helstrom was hired by the, then new, Indigo Corporation in 1963 as a middle-manager. During the Vietnam War, Helstrom utalized York's connections within Congress to avoid the draft and took the opportunity to help expand Indigo's influence in the arms market. The company made millions and within ten years, he was serving on the Board of Directors. In 1982, in the wake of Reagan's rise to the presidency, Helstrom purchased controlling interest in the company and was made CEO for life.