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#284 Ray Hunt $5.64B

Random fact: Sisters own non-voting, non-convertible preferred shares in Hunt Oil.

Overview

Hunt is the owner and chairman of Hunt Consolidated, one of the largest closely held producers of oil and gas in the U.S. The Dallas, Texas-based business also has operations and interests in Peru, Yemen and Iraq. Hunt also owns four western U.S. ranches, commercial real estate in Texas and a minority stake in utility InfraREIT.

As of July 22, 2017:
Last change -$19.7M (-0.3%)
YTD change -$1.03B (-15.4%)
Industry Energy
Biggest asset HCI Investment Management
Citizenship United States
Age 67
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Hunt's fortune is based on his ownership of Hunt Consolidated, a closely held company that interests in energy, real estate and other diversified investments.

U.S. production of 9.5 million barrels of oil and 2.4 million MCF of natural gas are based on IHS Herold research for 2015 published in the July 2016 issue of Oil and Gas Finance Journal. Revenue of $509 million is calculated using the trailing 12-month benchmark prices as of Jan. 1, 2016 and compared against the enterprise value-to-Ebitda of three publicly traded peers.

One of Hunt's largest assets is Jannah Hunt Oil, a business that operates the Block 5 oil field in Yemen. Based on 173 million barrels of proven oil reserves, Hunt's 15 percent working interest is valued by applying the average 12-month Nymex Brent oil price as of Sept. 30, 2016 and deducting for production costs, a 3 percent royalty fee and a 20 percent political risk discount.

Hunt owns minority interests in Peru's Camisea field. Revenue is derived as detailed in the footnote available to Bloomberg Professional subscribers and compared against the enterprise value-to-Ebitda of Targa Resources, EQT, Kinder Morgan and Spectra Energy.

The value of Peru LNG and Transportadora de Gas del Peru are derived from equity value disclosures and transaction prices by partners. HC Investment Management has assets of $929 million, based on a 2016 regulatory filing. Ranches are valued on 2016 market values.

Yemen LNG is not valued due to the force majeure that went into effect in 2015. His 60 percent stake in Ain Sifni was also removed in 2015 after the fields, located in Iraq's Kurdish region, were shut due to Islamic State violence, leading British oil company Afren -- which had a 20 percent stake -- to file for bankruptcy.

Ann Obeney, a spokeswoman for Hunt, said the billionaire declined to comment on his net worth.

Biography

Birthdate: 1943
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: 1965, Southern Methodist University, Economics, Graduated

The youngest son of a man once considered to be the richest man in America, Ray Lee Hunt has been stewarding his father's Hunt Oil since taking over as chairman in 1974. In the four decades since, he has discovered one of the world's largest oil fields in Yemen, built up hundreds of thousands of acres of leaseholds in the Gulf of Mexico and Texas, and served as chairman of Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank.

When Hunt was born in 1943, the Hunt oil empire was already one of the world's largest. His father, Haroldson Lafayette "H.L." Hunt, began in the oil business in the early 1930s, buying up leases in East Texas after learning someone had hit a gusher in the region. He turned it into one of the largest family-owned oil businesses in the U.S. He also built a large family, having been a bigamist, with each of his three families unbeknownst to the other. In the decades after his death in 1974, public battles ensued over the trusts he created for his grandchildren, while two of Ray's half-brothers, Bunker and Herbert, unsuccessfully tried to corner the silver market.

Ray has avoided the controversies of his extended family, building Hunt Consolidated into one of the largest closely held oil producer in the U.S., according to IHS Herold data annually published in the Oil and Gas Finance Journal. Three sisters, Ruth, Helen and Swanee derive income from the company, but have no voting equity, according to Swanee's autobiography and corroborated by Texas corporate documents.

Two years after taking over Hunt Oil in 1976, and 18 years after his first job at the firm, Hunt discovered oil in the North Sea. That site, the Beatrice field, produced over 177 million barrels and led to a pattern of Hunt prospecting for oil in regions thought to be dry. In 1984, he hit his largest discovery, in Yemen. The jackpot has produced more than 150,000 barrels of oil per day and unlocked about 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. In 2000, Hunt joined a syndicate to operate Peru's vast Camisea gas fields and a related pipeline and LNG business. The next year, Hunt acquired two Canadian companies, one of which held leases to almost 400,000 acres off the Gulf of Mexico. In 2007, Hunt reached agreement with the government of the autonomous Kurd region of Iraq to develop its oil reserves. Over the years, Hunt diversified into stock and venture capital investments, including biotechnology and U.S. commercial real estate.

He and wife Nancy Ann, his college sweetheart, are well-known supporters of SMU and Dallas charities.

Milestones
  • 1958 Begins his career at the company with a summer job at Hunt Oil.
  • 1965 Graduates Southern Methodist University with economics degree.
  • 1976 Discovers Beatrice field in North Sea, a region thought to be dry.
  • 1984 Discovers first oil in Yemen. Builds 263-mile pipeline.
  • 2000 Acquires Newport Petroleum to form Hunt Oil of Canada.
  • 2001 Awarded rights to develop Peru's Camisea gas field.
  • 2007 Hunt sets oil deal with Kurdish regional government of Iraq.
  • 2012 Sells 50,000 acres in Eagle Ford to Marubeni for $1.3 billion.