Richard Kinder is the co-founder and executive chairman of Kinder Morgan Inc., an energy and pipeline corporation.
HOW DID HE MAKE HIS MONEY?
He started as an attorney for a company that became Enron, did a bunch of mergers and in 1996, resigned to start a new pipeline company with college friend William V. Morgan. After a number of acquisitions, most prominently El Paso Corporation, Kinder Morgan became the largest midstream energy company in North America.
DOES HE OWN ANYTHING COOL?
Yes! His Kinder Foundation has funded projects that include the Bush Center at Southern Methodist University, the Texas Heart Institute and the Houston Food Bank also committing to a gift of $50 million to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for the redevelopment of its 14-acre campus.
DID YOU KNOW?
In college, he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.