Writing Out Loud, 2008

"Both Adam Smith and Horatio Alger would find something to like in the rise of T. Boone Pickens."—The Wall Street Journal

T. Boone Pickens

(1928- )

A tycoon in the truest sense of the term, T. Boone Pickens is generally recognized as one of the country’s wealthiest and most influential businessmen. Boone, who worked as a wildcatter before establishing his own oil company, is also a powerful advocate for alternative energy sources.

In other words, Boone, a noted philanthropist, is not all about business. In his latest memoir, The First Billion Is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America's Energy Future (2008), he shares personal stories and opinions as part of a larger conversation about our nation’s values.

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Did You Know...

Boone Pickens was the first child ever delivered by caesarean section in the Holdenville, Oklahoma, hospital.

Getting Started with T. Boone Pickens

Selected Works

Boone, 1987
Boone Pickens: The Luckiest Guy in the World, 2000
The First Billion Is the Hardest, 2008

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