Scientology loses a whale: Major donor Michael Baybak dead at 77 - 2019-05-22
The Church of Scientology has lost one of its all-time biggest donors, businessman Michael Baybak, who died last week at 77.
Until he was eclipsed by an even richer couple, Bob and Trish Duggan, Baybak was Scientology's biggest moneybags, and his status was reflected in his seating on the front row of the 2013 grand opening celebration of Scientology's all-time biggest building project, the Flag Building, also known as "Super Power": Baybak was seated front and center, right next to Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kelly Preston [see below].
Baybak was already a 20-year Scientology veteran when he was cited as a shady business operator in a sidebar to Time magazine's milestone 1991 cover story, "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power." Here's part of the section on Baybak…