Rodney Lewis

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Rodney Ray Lewis
Born1954
Laredo, Webb County, Texas, USA
ResidenceSan Antonio, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Alma materTexas A&M International University
OccupationOil and natural gas industrialist
Rancher
Spouse(s)Kimberly Annette Spicer Lewis (married c. 1978)
Children4 children
 
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Rodney Ray Lewis
Born1954
Laredo, Webb County, Texas, USA
ResidenceSan Antonio, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Alma materTexas A&M International University
OccupationOil and natural gas industrialist
Rancher
Spouse(s)Kimberly Annette Spicer Lewis (married c. 1978)
Children4 children

Rodney Ray "Rod" Lewis (born 1954) is founder, president, and chief executive officer of Lewis Energy, an oil and natural gas drilling company based in Texas.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Lewis was born and reared on a ranch in Laredo in Webb County in South Texas. His father was a pilot in the United States Air Force.[3][4] He graduated from what is now Texas A&M International University in Laredo with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice.[1][2]

He started his career in the oil industry by working for Stampede Energy and for the R.L. Burns Corporation.[2] He purchased his first oil well for $13,000 in 1982 and launched Lewis Energy the next year.[1][2] In 1995, he borrowed $5 million from Enron Capital & Trade and repaid the loan in eight months.[4] Alongside drilling in South Texas, he has drilled in Mexico for Pemex, and in Colombia for Hupecol Caracara and Solana Resources.[3] In 2003, he sold much of his Texas pipelines to Dan Duncan, the CEO of Enterprise Products Partners.[4] He is the first American wildcatter to drill in Mexico since former President Lázaro Cárdenas made it illegal for anyone but the Mexican government to do so.[4] Forbes Magazine called Lewis "the only gringo allowed to drill in Mexico."[5] He can collect as much as $350 million annually from Pemex for drilling on 80,000 acres near the border.[5] He does not own the oil or natural gas but is compensated for drilling the land.[4] Lewis owns at least 350,000 acres of the Eagle Ford Shale property. In 2010, British Petroleum began drilling on 80,000 acres of Eagle Ford Shale property that Lewis owns.[5]

As of September 2011, he is the 512th richest person in the world and the 130th richest in the United States.[3] He is worth US$2.8 billion.[3] He collects World War II-era planes, and he owns 30, including Glacier Girl, which he bought for $10 million.[3][6] Lewis is the second richest individual in San Antonio, his city of residence. Only Howard E. Butt of H-E-B Foods, with a net worth of $7.4 billion, has greater assets in San Antonio.[5]

Lewis and his wife, the former Kimberly Annette Spicer (born c. 1958), have four adult children.[3] He also owns a ranch in Encinal north of Laredo.[6] Lewis is a recent survivor of esophageal cancer[3] but lost his salivary glands in treatment.[5]

In March 2013, Mrs. Lewis filed for divorce in the Bexar County Courthouse. There is no mention of a pre-nuptial agreement, and Texas is a community property state. At least thirteen lawsuits are involved in the Lewis' marital squabbles. Mrs. Lewis is asking that her husband pay her legal fees in the dispute.[5]

The Rod and Kim Lewis Foundation donates grants to charitable organizations.[5] Lewis provided the furnishing of the three-story Lewis Energy Academic Center, which opened in 2012 on the campus of Laredo Community College.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lewis Energy board biography
  2. ^ a b c d BusinessWeek profile
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Forbes profile
  4. ^ a b c d e Christopher Helman and Jesse Bogan, 'The Crossing', in Forbes Magazine, 08.07.08 [1]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Patrick Danner of San Antonio Express-News staff, "Lewis, wife marriage breakup", Laredo Morning Times, June 12, 2013, pp. 1, 10A
  6. ^ a b Christopher Helman and Jesse Bogan, 'A Wildcatter in Love with Warbirds', in Forbes Magazine, 08.13.08 [2]