T. Boone Pickens was a legendary oil tycoon known for his colorful personality and generous donations to worthy causes. Born in a small town in Oklahoma, he spent most of his adult life in Texas. He founded Mesa Petroleum, which became one of the largest independent oil and gas companies in America. The 1980s corporate raider became an advocate of energy independence.
He gave away more than one billion dollars to philanthropic and educational causes including his alma mater Oklahoma State University, Meals on Wheels, hospitals, medical centers, kids at risk programs, and the military.
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Died: Wednesday, September 11, 2019. (Who else died on September 11?)
Details of death: Died at the age of 91 from natural causes.