I just saw this wonderful little view of T. Boone Pickens on his recent 85th birthday.
It is just beautiful to see a man at 85 still charged by challenges and goals. Good grief, “retirement” is a fairly recent invention. Mr. Pickens understands that life is to be lived fully from cradle to grave.
Personal note: Twenty-five years ago, I made a fundraising presentation to Phil Anschutz. When I finished, he said, “Ed, I’m embarrassed that I’ve given so little money to [organization]. I’m going to give you another $25,000.” Then he told his secretary to get Boone Pickens on the line.
Seconds later, she buzzed him, “Mr. Pickens on the line”
Phil: “Boone. Hey listen, I want you to give $25,000 to a wonderful organization. You will? Great. Ed, what is the address?” I couldn’t remember the organization’s address, so I gave him my home address.
A few days later, I received an envelop from T. Boone Pickens with a check made out to the organization I represented.
That taught me a lot about how billionaires get to be billionaires.