Charles Widmore (Aland Dale) is a character on the television show "Lost." He is a wealthy business man who is aware of the happenings on the island. Several years earlier, Charles had sent his daughter Penny's (Sonya Walger) boyfriend Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick) to the island. He did not approve of Desmond and wanted him to "disappear." Charles let Penny believe that Desmond had been lost at sea. He was surprised to learn of Desmond's escape and continued to lie to his daughter about it. When Penny learned the truth, she ran off with Desmond to try and help the other survivors on the island.
"This business has been going on for many, many years."