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Rodney Ray Lewis was born in 1954 in Laredo, Webb County, Texas USA, and is a businessman, best known to the world as the founder of the Lewis Energy, an oil and natural gas drilling company. His career started in the 1970s.
Have you ever wondered how rich Rodney Lewis is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Lewis’ net worth is as high as $1.45 billion, an amount earned through his successful career as a businessman.
Rodney Lewis Net Worth $1.45 Billion
Rodney is the son of a US Air Force pilot, but he grew up on a family ranch in Laredo. After matriculating from high school, Rodney enrolled Texas A&M International University, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice.
Following his graduation, Rodney got a job at Stampede Energy, so entering the oil industry, then to move on to R.L. Burns Corporation. However, his ambitions quickly grew, and he bought his first oil well in 1982 for $13,000. In 1983 he launched his own company, Lewis Energy, and since then he has spread his business to Mexico and Columbia, collaborating with such oil and gas giants as Pemex, Hupecol Caracara and Solana Resources. Back in 2003 he sold most of his Texas pipelines to Dan Duncan, who is the CEO of Enterprise Products Partners.
According to sources Lewis receives as much as $350 million from Pemex for drilling on his land. Furthermore, he owns 350,000 acres of the Eagle Ford Shale property, on which British Petroleum started drilling in 2010. Although they are using only 80,000 acres of Rodney’s land, his net worth also continues to benefit.
Regarding his personal life, Rodney was married to Kimberly Annette Spicer from 1978 until 2013, when she filed for divorce. The couple has four children. He now lives in San Antonio, Texas. In the past, Rodney suffered from esophageal cancer, and although he fully recovered, he lost his salivary glands in the treatment process.
Rodney is also a well-known philanthropist, and through his Rod and Kim Lewis Foundation supports other charitable organizations. Thanks to his efforts, he received Angel of Hope Award for his work in providing Christmas gifts to needy children in Webb County.
Lewis is an avid World War II- era planes enthusiast, and he has around 30 planes, which includes the Glacier Girl, which he bought for $10 million.