Richard D. Kinder
Richard D. Kinder is Chairman of the board and CEO of Kinder Morgan, Inc., the largest midstream and the third largest energy company in North America based on enterprise value. He is also a member of the company’s Office of the Chairman.
Mr. Kinder is a co-founder of Kinder Morgan, which was formed in February 1997. Mr. Kinder is responsible for developing and executing the company's vision and strategy and allocating capital to Kinder Morgan business units in a disciplined manner. Under his leadership, Kinder Morgan has grown from a small company with 175 employees and an enterprise value of $325 million to a corporation with 11,500 employees and an enterprise value over $125 billion. He receives a salary of $1 a year and owns approximately 11 percent of Kinder Morgan.
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 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 and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Kinder Morgan owns an interest in or operates approximately 80,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals. The company's pipelines transport primarily natural gas, refined petroleum products, CO2 and crude oil and its terminals store, transfer and handle such products as gasoline, ethanol, coal, petroleum coke and steel.