The Leadership Plan: Boone Pickens at TEDxOStateU

Oklahoma State University alum, oil entrepreneur and billionaire Boone Pickens debuted his leadership speech at TEDxOStateU. Pickens gives tips and tricks for becoming a successful leader.

Thomas Boone Pickens Jr. was born on May 22, 1928 in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He was the son of Grace (née Molonson) and Thomas Boone Pickens. He was an American capitalist, and the very active strategic and managerial force behind BP Capital, one of America’s most successful energy companies. He ranked among the world’s richest men. He died on September 11, 2019.

T. Boone Pickens wrote the book The First Billion Is the Hardest which tells the story of his remarkable late-life comeback that brought the famed oilman and maverick back from bankruptcy and clinical depression. Along the way, the man often called the “Oracle of Oil” shares the insights that have made him a legend–and describes the billion-dollar bets he was making in hopes of securing America’s energy independence.