T. Boone Pickens

Financier; Chairman + Bp Capital Management
Born May 22, 1928

Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr., known as T. Boone Pickens, is an American business magnate and financier. Pickens chairs the hedge fund BP Capital Management. He was a well-known takeover operator and corporate raider during the 1980s. With an estimated current net worth of about $1.4 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 328th-richest person in America and ranked 879th in the world.… Read More

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1928 Birth Born on May 22, 1928.


1949 21 Years Old In 1949, Pickens married Lynn O'Brien. … Read More
1951 23 Years Old …  He graduated from Oklahoma State with a degree in geology in 1951. … Read More
1954 26 Years Old He worked for Phillips until 1954.
1956 28 Years Old In 1956, following his period as a wildcatter, he founded the company that would later become Mesa Petroleum. … Read More


1971 43 Years Old Pickens divorced Lynn in 1971.
1972 44 Years Old In April 1972, Pickens married Beatrice "Bea" Carr Stuart and adopted one of her daughters, Elizabeth "Liz" Cordia. … Read More


1985 57 Years Old His celebrity rose so quickly after the Gulf Oil takeover bid that Time magazine put Pickens on the cover for the March 1985 issue.
1986 58 Years Old …  He was also involved in the creation of the United Shareholders Association (USA), which from 1986–1993 attempted to influence the governance of several large companies. … Read More
1987 59 Years Old On the local level, Pickens chaired the Board of Regents of West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University) in Canyon and in 1987–1988 contributed to the restoration of the administration building known as "Old Main". … Read More


1988 - 1996 3 More Events
1997 69 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, Pickens founded BP Capital Management (then called BP Energy Fund) – the initials standing for "Boone Pickens" and not related to British Petroleum. … Read More
2000 - 2004 2 More Events
2005 77 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, Pickens was among 53 entities that contributed the maximum of $250,000 to Bush's second inauguration.
On July 16, 2007, Pickens wrote an article for National Review supporting Rudy Giuliani for President. "In Rudy Giuliani, a gracious and committed public servant I’ve known for many years, we see that rare blend of big-picture vision and proven track record of achieving the 'impossible.' … Read More
On January 30, 2008, The Oklahoman reported that Pickens was ready to start buying wind turbines for the project within a month, that he planned to buy between 1,700 and 2,000 turbines, and that they will cost from $200 million to $300 million. … Read More
2009 81 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2009, Pickens was the subject of controversy after he had a construction crew go to his grandmother's former home, that was now owned by someone else, in Holdenville, Oklahoma and remove a slab of driveway concrete that he had signed as a child. … Read More
…  In January 2013, Pickens' 21-year-old grandson Thomas "Ty" Boone Pickens IV died from a heroin overdose. … Read More
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