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Riley Bechtel

former Chairman and CEO, Bechtel
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Net worth 2018: $3.21 Billion
Residence: San Francisco, California
Country: United States
BirthDay: 25 March 1952
Sigh: Aries
Children: 3
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Calif Davis; Master of Business Administration, Stanford University; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Stanford University

Riley Bechtel was bornon 25 March 1952 in San Francisco, California, United States, is former Chairman and CEO, Bechtel. Riley Bechtel is #738 in List Billionaires People In The World. Riley Bechtel ran Bechtel, his family's construction and engineering firm, from 1990 to 2014. He stepped down as CEO in 2014 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. His son Brendan is the current chairman and CEO and the fifth generation to run the company. Together, Riley and Brendan own an estimated 20% of the company; Riley continues to serve as a Bechtel board member. Bechtel is the company behind projects such as the Hoover Dam and San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. He sits on advisory council of Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Riley received a JD and MBA from Stanford in 1977.


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Riley Peart Bechtel (CBE) (born March 25, 1952) is an American heir and businessman. He served as the Chairman of the Bechtel Corporation until April 2017.He is the great-grandson of Warren A. Bechtel, the founder of the company. His parents are Elizabeth Hogan and Stephen Bechtel, Jr., the former chairman and CEO of the company. He received a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of California, Davis and a JD/MBA from Stanford University in 1977. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in November 1979 and the American Bar Association.He worked for the law firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges. He joined Bechtel full-time in 1981, was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in March 1989. He became CEO in June 1990. In January 1996 he also became Chairman of Bechtel.He sits on the Boards of Directors of the International Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (since 1995), the Fremont Group (owned by the Bechtel corporation), the Fremont Group (which in turn runs Trinity Ventures, LP), Fremont Investors, Inc. (owned by the Bechtel corporation), and Sequoia Ventures, Inc. (limited partner of Bechtel corporation). He is a board member of Theranos, a Silicon Valley biotech company. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the American Society of Corporate Executives, The Business Council, the Business Roundtable and the National Petroleum Council. He sits on the Corporate Council of the Conservation Fund and the Board of Trustees of the Ocean Exploration Trust. He also sits on the Governing Board of the Indian School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, Stanford Law School Dean’s Advisory Council, and UC Davis' Board of Visitors. He was appointed to the President's Export Council by George W. Bush. In 1998, he and his father Stephen, Jr., were presented with the Honor Award from the National Building Museum for their company's contributions to America's built environment. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and an Honorary Lifetime member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.He resides in California with his wife Susan. He is a member of the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club, as well as the all-male Bohemian Club in San Francisco and attends its annual encampment, the Bohemian Grove. With an estimated worth of over $5.5 billion, he is consistently ranked in the top 200 richest people in the U.S. and the top 500 richest people in the world by Forbes magazine. In February 2014, Mr Bechtel announced that, after 25 years, he was stepping down as the Chief Executive Officer of Bechtel Corporation because of health reasons associated with Parkinson's disease.
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