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T. Boone Pickens, billionaire businessman and avid Oklahoma State booster, dies at 91

T. Boone Pickens, billionaire businessman and avid Oklahoma State booster, dies at 91 1

T. Boone Pickens, a Texas oilman who left a lifelong imprint — some would possibly argue thumbprint — as an avid Oklahoma State College booster, died Wednesday of pure causes in Dallas, The Dallas Morning Information reported. He was 91.

Pickens grew from a hardscrabble upbringing into one of many nation’s strongest businessmen, parlaying power gambles and hostile company takeovers into wealth unimagined by a onetime laborer.

He then set about turning into a lavish Dallas-based philanthropist, however the native of tiny Holdenville, Oklahoma, all the time saved his roots deep in his beloved alma mater in Stillwater.

“He was,” The Morning Information assessed, “among the few business elites granted ‘dual citizenship’ on both sides of the Red River,” no small feat in that neck of the woods.

In response to a number of reviews, his donations to Oklahoma State basically, and Cowboys athletics particularly, totaled half a billion {dollars}, nearly equally divided between lecturers and athletics on the college the place the soccer stadium bears his title.

Together with his cash got here his generally unsolicited opinion on Cowboys groups, most particularly the soccer workforce.

When coach and fellow Okie Mike Gundy’s program by Pickens’ estimation underperformed (which, frankly, hasn’t been typically given the arc of the Cowboys’ gridiron historical past), Pickens wasn’t shy about sounding off — and leaving a long-lasting impression..

“We have essentially created a monster that now you have to feed,” Gundy instructed Bleacher Report in 2017, including his favourite “Boone-ism” that has served as a information in that effort: “A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan any day.”

That form of folksy way of living and enterprise guided Pickens to thousands and thousands within the 1980s that he parlayed into billions in a life that, The Morning Information famous, Hollywood producers would have been hard-pressed to magnify.

Married and divorced 5 instances, Pickens had 5 youngsters, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


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