T. Boone Pickens

T. Boone Pickens is one of the nation’s most successful businessmen, first building one of the nation’s largest independent oil companies, Mesa Petroleum, and later reinventing himself in his 70s as one of the most successful investment fund operators with BP Capital. In July 2008, Boone launched the Pickens Plan (http://www.PickensPlan.com), a grass-roots campaign aimed at reducing this country’s crippling addiction to imported oil. His 2008 book, The First Billion is the Hardest, was a New York Times Bestseller. During the span of his career, Pickens has made hundreds of millions of dollars— for others as well as himself — and given away nearly $1 billion to philanthropic causes.