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Richard D. Kinder

AKA Richard Dan Kinder

Born: c. 1944
Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, MO

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Chairman of Kinder Morgan Energy

Military service: US Army (Captain, JAG Corps, 1968-72, Vietnam)

Net worth $2.4B (Forbes 2006). Met Ken Lay and Michael C. Morgan in college. Personal friend of Karl Rove. Cousin of Peter Kinder.

Robert Bryce, King Kinder, Houston Press, 6-Mar-2003:

There are two conflicting stories about why Rich Kinder left Enron. The first one is rather simple: In 1992, Kinder and Lay agreed that Kinder would ascend to the CEO job in five years. Under the plan, Lay would remain chairman but Kinder would be in control of all real decision-making. But by late 1996, Lay and Enron's board of directors reneged and agreed that Lay would remain CEO for another five years.

When informed of the decision, Kinder tendered his resignation. He told another Enron executive that he had no choice, adding, "If you aren't the lead dog, the scenery never changes."

The second version is more entertaining, with a background tied to Lay's tenure at Florida Gas. In about 1980, Lay divorced his wife Judie and moved to Houston to take his new job -- and a new wife, Linda Phillips, who had been his secretary in Florida. She helped him hire a new executive assistant, a petite, smart, ambitious woman named Nancy McNeil.

According to several executives who worked with Lay and Kinder, sometime in 1996 Lay discovered that Kinder, who was married at the time, was having an affair with McNeil. Lay considered it a problem, so McNeil was moved off the 50th floor to get her away from Kinder and Lay's executive offices. One source says they made up excuses about the move, "but everybody knew it was because she was sleeping with Rich." Kinder's wife, Anne, sued him for divorce in 1996. He and McNeil married a short time later.

Wife: Anne Lamkin (div. 1996, one child)
Wife: Nancy G. Kinder (former mistress)

    University: BA, University of Missouri (1966)
    Law School: JD, University of Missouri (1968)

    Kinder Morgan Energy CEO (1997-)
    Enron President and COO (1990-96)
    Enron Vice Chairman (1988)
    Enron General Counsel and Chief of Staff
    Enron (1985-96)
    Florida Gas
    Member of the Board of Baker Hughes (1994-2004)
    Member of the Board of Kinder Morgan Energy (as Chairman, 1997-)
    Member of the Board of Transocean
    Member of the Board of Waste Management (1997-?)
    Americans for Truth in Politics
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Bush-Quayle '92
    George W. Bush for President
    Interstate Natural Gas Association of America Past Chairman
    John McCain 2008
    Kay Bailey Hutchison for Senate
    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Life Trustee
    National Petroleum Council Vice Chairman
    National Republican Congressional Committee
    Romney Victory Inc.
    Smithsonian Institution National Board
    Tom Delay Congressional Committee
    Sigma Nu Fraternity

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