After Robert's death, his brother Richard took over Thorn Industries from him. Seven years later, Paul Buher tries to get Thorn Industries' board of directors to switch the company's main focus from electronics to agriculture. Richard decides to take a vacation that year after the death of (senior manager) Bill Atherton. Richard leaves Paul in charge for the time being. Paul decides to start the agricultural project and also sends Dr. Pasarian to India to try and propose the purchase of land for the project. When Richard returns and discovers this, he scolds Paul for not telling him, and warns him against disobeying the rules of company conduct again. After Richard, Ann and Mark's deaths, Damien is left heir to Thorn Industries.Armageddon, due to Damien's status as head of Thorn Industries, the corporation serves as the empire of the Antichrist, "which thrives on the misfortune of others."