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Big Texas Rich
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2016
For anyone who is interested in the oil and gas industry, particular in Texas, this book is a "must read." It chronicles the lives of four of Texas' most successful oil men, Hugh Roy Cullen of Houston, Sid Richardson of Fort Worth, and Clint Murchison and H. L. Hunt of Dallas. Each was unique, and each is a story unto himself. According to the book, each may have been the wealthiest person the U. S. at one time or another. The book follows their histories, their forays into politics and the ways they chose to spend their fortunes.
The book then turns to the second generations. Roy Cullen had a grandson who was Italian nobility with a colorful lifestyle. Clint Murchison's two sons were opposite personalities but who spent most of their adult lives as equal partners who owned the Dallas Cowboys among many other things. Sid Richardson never married, and a large share of his estate was bequeathed to his nephew, Perry Bass, and
Basses' sons. Among their investments has been the revitalization of downtown Fort Worth. Finally, there are the children of H. L. Hunt who fathered three separate families at the same time. His first family included sons Bunker and Herbert who tried to corner the silver market, and Lamar who founded the American Football League and the team that is now the Kansas City Chiefs. Hunt's second family included son Ray who has taken a relatively small inheritance and turned it into an international oil and real estate empire. Hunt's third family had to finally sue for a share of Hunt's estate and are otherwise little known.
Much of the book might be described as gossip but for the fact that its all true and well documented. To say that the Big Rich were larger than life would be a gross understatement.