Richard D. Kinder
is Chairman of the board and CEO of Kinder Morgan, the largest midstream and the third largest energy company (based on combined enterprise value) in North America. The Kinder Morgan family of companies include Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI), Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYSE: KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (NYSE: EPB).
Mr. Kinder is a co-founder of Kinder Morgan, which was formed in February of 1997. Through his leadership, Kinder Morgan has grown from a small company with 175 employees and an enterprise value of $325 million into an organization that has more than 11,000 employees and a combined enterprise value of approximately $115 billion.
Kinder Morgan is one of Fortune magazine's Most Admired Companies in America and was previously recognized as the top company among all industries for "Quality of Management." Mr. Kinder, who receives a salary of $1 a year (no bonuses, stock options or restricted stock grants) is a past recipient of Morningstar's CEO of the Year award.
Mr. Kinder received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri and served in Vietnam as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and is a life trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.