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J. Larry Nichols

Devon Energy Corporation

1980 - Present

Utilities & Energy

1980 b. 1942
UndergraduatePrinceton University
GraduateJD, University of Michigan
BirthplaceOklahoma (OK)
FatherHead, Same Company
Era - 1980

Nichols and his father formed Devon Energy in 1971 to tap into the expanding need for new oil and energy sources. Through a series of acquisitions and investments, the business grew to be the fourth largest pure oil and gas producer in the US by 2001. A shrewd market timer, Nichols orchestrated the company’s most significant acquisitions - Pennzoil and Sante Fe Snyder in 1999 and 2000 respectively.