Luckiest Guy in the World

Luckiest Guy in the World

by T Boone Pickens


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This is the autobiography of a man who turned a $2500 investment into America's largest independent oil company, Mesa Petroleum, in just thirty years. It is truly an American success story, tracing how Boone Pickens got from a little town in eastern Oklahoma to the towering buildings of Wall Street in exciting, unlikely, and sometimes painful stages. In 1983, to save Mesa Petroleum from impending disaster, he entered into a risky game, identifying undervalued, mismanaged companies, such as Gulf, Phillips, and Unocal, and making huge investments in them. His plan was to try to force the management to do something for their stockholders, including himself, and if they refused, he would try to take them over. His countless gambles paid off, adding a number of companies to his corral.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587980190
Publisher: Beard Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 355,750
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Up Front
Prologue: July 1983
One. Early Days
1. Welcome to Holdenville
2. Coming of Age
3. Over the Fence

Two. Raising the Ante
4. Serious Business
5. Going Public
6. Little Fish, Big Fish
7. Breakup

Three. A New Era
8. Long Cattle
9. 2B
10. The Sky's the Limit
11. The Beatrice Field
12. Good Ol' Boys
13. Energy Crisis?

Four. The Big Cat Walks
14. Cities Service: High Noon
15. Time Out
16. Gulf I: The Seven Sisters ...
17. Gulf II: ... and Then There Were Six
18. Phillips: The Battle of Bartlesville
19. Unocal: "Is You Is or Is You Ain't ..."

Five. The Long View
20. Money
21. Leadership
22. A New Breed Six. Moving On Acknowledgments 2000
23. 1985-2000: Great Expectations...
24. Mesa: Concluding an Unbelievable 40 Years
25. A Japanese Odyssey: That Pickens Could be Right
26. Corporate Governance: Shareholders Do Own the Company
27. Reflections: A Good Long-odds Bet

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Luckiest Guy in the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once in a life time a man like pickins flushes the oil industry,Im glad it was in mine.