They moved to Los Angeles, where he hoped to make a name for himself as a filmmaker.Hughes enjoyed a highly successful business career beyond engineering, aviation, and filmmaking, though many of his career endeavors involved varying entrepreneurial roles.He was an indifferent student, with a liking for mathematics, flying, and mechanics.He took his first flying lesson at 14, and attended Fessenden School in Massachusetts in 1921.
His mother Allene died in March 1922 from complications of an ectopic pregnancy. Howard Sr.'s will had not been updated since Allene's death, and Hughes inherited 75% of the family fortune.
The date remains uncertain due to conflicting dates from various sources.
He repeatedly claimed that his birthday was on Christmas Eve.
Hughes withdrew from Rice University shortly after his father's death.
On June 1, 1925, he married Ella Botts Rice, daughter of David Rice and Martha Lawson Botts of Houston.
He acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines and later acquired Air West, renaming it Hughes Airwest.