- Aubrey McClendon
Aubrey Kerr McClendon (born
1959in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is the chief executive officer, chairman, and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy.
He was born to Joe and Carole McClendon, and is a great-nephew of
Robert S. Kerr, a former Governor of Oklahoma and US Senator and founder of Kerr-McGee.
McClendon graduated from
Duke Universityin 1981. He met his wife Katie, a 1980Duke graduate, while attending college there.
McClendon is on the board of directors at Chesapeake, which, among others, includes prominent Oklahoma politicians
Frank Keatingand Don Nickles. He co-founded Chesapeake, one of the largest natural gas producers in the United States, along with the company's former president Tom L. Wardin 1989with a $50,000 initial investment. [ [http://www.chkenergy.com/p/388/Default.aspx Chesapeake Energy History] ] In 2005McClendon was named one of America's top-performing executives by " Forbes Magazine". [ [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13934598/page/2/ MSNBC] ]
McClendon is one of four primary partners in The Professional Basketball Club, LLC (TPBC), which owns the
NBA Oklahoma City Thunderclub. The NBA fined McClendon $250,000 for comments he made in The (Oklahoma City) Journal Recordabout his hopes of moving the Sonics to Oklahoma City. [ [http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sonics/2003849240_soni23.html Seattle Times - Co-Owner Fined] ] . Clay Bennett has stated that McClendon does not speak for the Sonics in any official capacity.
2006, Aubrey McClendon purchased 402 acres of Lake Michiganshoreline at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck, Michigan[ [http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/takingoff/2007/08/battle-for-saug.html Midwest Getaways - A blog to get you going | Chicago Tribune | Blog ] ] for $39 million with the intention of developing the land into residential subdivisions.
It was announced on October 10, 2008 that Aubrey McClendon sold substantially all of his stock in Chesapeake energy to meet a margin call after the rout in the U.S. stock market that week.cn
McClendon is the Chairman of the Board for American Clean Skies Foundation, a non-profit foundation that educates the public on clean energy sources.
Since 2000 McClendon has donated $678,050.00 to a variety of Republican candidates and conservative interest groups [ [http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml FEC Disclosure] ] . Most notable of these was a $250,000 donation to
Swift Vets and POWs for Truth, a group whose purpose was opposing John Kerry's candidacy for the presidency in 2004. His donation made him the eighth largest contributor to the group.
2007McClendon bought several full-page ads supporting the Duke men's lacrosseteam in the 2006 Duke University lacrosse case. [ [http://www.wsoctv.com/sports/13456424/detail.html?rss=char&psp=sports Oklahoma City Businessman Buys Ads Supporting Duke Team - Sports News Story - WSOC Charlotte ] ]
In response to fellow Oklahoman
Boone Pickensannouncement of his Pickens Plan, McClendon has run several television commercials praising Pickens for his support of increased natural gas usage.cn
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