Pick­ens says his life in ‘fourth quar­ter’

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — The Associated Press

The health of T. Boone Pick­ens, the famed 89-year-old oil-field wild­cat­ter, fi­nancier and cor­po­rate raider, has taken a turn for the worse af­ter a “Texas-sized fall” put him in the hos­pi­tal last week.

In a post­ing to LinkedIn, Pick­ens said that he is still men­tally strong but that as far as his life goes, “I clearly am in the fourth quar­ter.”

Pick­ens, the founder and chair­man of the Dal­las in­vest­ment firm BP Cap­i­tal, suf­fered sev­eral strokes around Christ­mas and has been un­der­go­ing speech ther­apy. He said he has re­gained 90 per­cent of his speech through ag­gres­sive ther­apy and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“Many of those who face ad­ver­sity like this at 89 choose to hide it,” he wrote. “My life has al­ways been an open book. Some chap­ters of my life have been great. Oth­ers not so much.”

The fall, he said, is just a set­back. Pick­ens said he can still com­pre­hend and process in­for­ma­tion well but has dif­fi­culty speak­ing clearly. He re­mains up­beat about the fu­ture.

“That’s the way to ap­proach life. Be the eter­nal op­ti­mist who is ex­cited to see what the next decade will bring,” he said.

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