Snakk om natt og dag. Richard Kinder jobbet i energiselskapet Enron fra 1980 til 1996. Kinder nådde toppen som Chief Operating Officer i selskapet, men bestemte seg for å hoppe av i 1996.
Kinder fortsatte innen industrien, ved å kjøpe ut av gamleselskapet Kinder Morgan, som han stiftet med William Morgan, fra nettopp Enron:
Yesterday, Kinder’s company Kinder Morgan, announced a $21.1 billion deal for natural-gas company El Paso. Kinder was president and chief operating officer of Enron until the end of 1996, and in total he worked for Enron for more than 16 years. Enron in 1996 said that it asked Kinder to stay on for another five-year term, but he decided to split.
“Last week I celebrated my 16th anniversary with Enron, and during this time I have experienced more opportunities and changes in both the industry and this company than I ever could have imagined possible,” Kinder was quoted saying in an Enron press release in November 1996.
“I have elected to take a new direction in my career….I am very proud to have been a part of the team that made this performance possible, and as a continuing shareholder, wish only the best for Enron in the future,” Kinder said.
For Kinder, the “new direction” in his career turned out to an energy company he started along with William Morgan, a natural-gas-pipeline veteran who oversaw companies that were absorbed by Enron.
Today, Kinder owns about 30.6% of Kinder Morgan. His stake is valued at roughly $6.7 billion. And Kinder’s successor at Enron, Jeff Skilling, is serving a 24-year prison sentence in Colorado.
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