132. Trevor Rees-jones
Rees-jones gave up his career as a bankruptcy attorney in 1984 and jumped into oil. He eventually became a shale-fracking pioneer, forging 7 deals worth $7 billion in 7 years. Today his Chief Oil & Gas is the nation’s biggest privately owned producer of natural gas, with a focus on the Marcellus shale of Pennsylvania. At his Cook Canyon Ranch west of Fort Worth, he’s hosted parties featuring the likes of Bon Jovi, the Eagles and Heather Locklear. His Rees-jones Foundation has paid out more than $300 million in grants to places like pediatric hospital CURE Ethiopia. “There’s got to be a higher purpose to serve in this life,” he says.