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, the successor to Standard Oil of New Jersey, and a predecessor of ExxonMobil. … Read More


1985 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Lay was the CEO and chairman of Enron from 1985 until his resignation on January 23, 2002, except for a few months in 2000 when he was chairman and Jeffrey Skilling was chief executive officer (CEO). … Read More


1992 50 Years Old …  Lay was co-chairman of Bush's 1992 re-election committee. … Read More
1998 56 Years Old Lay liquidated more than $300 million in Enron stock from 1998 to 2001, mostly in stock options.
2000 58 Years Old In December 2000, Lay was mentioned as a possible candidate for President Bush's Treasury Secretary along with head Douglas A. Warner III of J.P. Morgan & Co., but Paul O'Neill was eventually selected. … Read More
2001 59 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Lay and Enron became synonymous with corporate abuse and accounting fraud when the scandal broke in 2001.


On January 31, 2006, following four and a half years of preparation by government prosecutors, Lay's and Skilling's trial began in Houston.
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