Speaker's Biography:

T. Boone Pickens
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist; Founder, BP Capital

T. Boone Pickens is Founder and Chairman of BP Capital. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, he is actively campaigning to reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil through the Pickens Plan. His 2008 New York Times bestseller, The First Billion Is the Hardest, also details how the U.S. can become energy independent. Pickens pursues many other business interests, from water marketing and ranch development initiatives to Clean Energy, a company he founded to advance the use of natural gas as a transportation alternative to diesel. Before founding BP Capital in 1996, Pickens worked at Phillips Petroleum and then founded Mesa Petroleum Co. in 1956. It eventually became one of the largest and best-known independent exploration and production companies. Called the "Oracle of Oil" by CNBC, Pickens has given away nearly $700 million to charitable causes, landing him more than once on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual list of top U.S. benefactors.