Kenneth Lay

Born Apr 15, 1942

Kenneth Lee "Ken" Lay was an American businessman, best known for his role in the widely reported corruption scandal that led to the downfall of Enron Corporation. Lay and Enron became synonymous with corporate abuse and accounting fraud when the scandal broke in 2001.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Kenneth Lay.


1942 Birth Born on April 15, 1942.


1970 28 Years Old He went on to earn his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Houston in 1970 and soon after went to work at Exxon Company, USA. … Read More


1982 40 Years Old At the time of his death Lay was married to his second wife whom he married in 1982. … Read More
1985 43 Years Old By the time energy was deregulated in the 1980s, Lay was already an energy company executive and he took advantage of the new climate when Omaha-based Internorth bought his company Houston Natural Gas and changed the name to Enron in 1985. … Read More
1989 47 Years Old From 1989 to 2002, his political contributions totaled $5.8 million, with 73% going to Republicans, and 27% going to Democrats.


1998 56 Years Old Lay liquidated more than $300 million in Enron stock from 1998 to 2001, mostly in stock options.
1999 57 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1999 to 2001, he gave $365,410 to the Republican Party.
2000 58 Years Old In December 2000, Lay was mentioned as a possible candidate for President Bush's Treasury Secretary.
2001 59 Years Old Lay's company, Enron, went bankrupt in 2001. … Read More


2004 62 Years Old On July 7, 2004, Lay was indicted by a grand jury in Houston, Texas, for his role in the company's failure. … Read More
On May 25, 2006, Lay was found guilty on six counts of conspiracy and fraud by the jury. … Read More
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