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Howard B. Keck

Superior Oil Company

1963 - 1981

Utilities & Energy

1960 b. 1913
Born-Died1913 - 1996
BirthplaceCalifornia (CA)
FatherHead, Same Company
Era - 1960

Assuming leadership of his fatherís company at the age of 50, Keck focused his energies on growing the independent oil firm. He invested heavily in energy exploration and production, allowing Superior to become one of the most successful independent oil firms, with revenues of $1.1 billion and profits of $200 million in 1979. Equally notable, however, was Keckís work with the W. M. Keck Foundation, which was a huge supporter of science and technology. Under Keckís leadership, the Foundationís charitable trust grew from $250 million to $1.2 billion.