Oil Tycoon T. Boone Pickens Dies at 91
The legendary hedge fund manager died Wednesday after struggling to recover from multiple strokes. After founding Mesa Petroleum in 1956, the Oklahoma native built a reputation for buying much larger companies on his way to becoming a billionaire. Pickens eventually shifted toward renewable energy, believing that drilling for oil wasn’t worth the damage to the planet.
How will he be remembered? As a man of contradictions: The Republican philanthropist donated to George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, yet he also supported John Kerry’s climate plan after the Democrat lost to Bush in the 2004 election.