Rees-Jones graduated from Dartmouth College and studied law at Southern Methodist University, where he received his J.D. After working as a bankruptcy attorney in Dallas and practicing oil and gas reorganization law with Thompson & Knight, Rees-Jones began pursuing oil and gas investments. He formed Chief Oil & Gas in 1994 and is alleged to have made a series of very savvy investments over the next 16 years, particularly in shale.
Rees-Jones has emerged as a large donor to the Republican Party and gave $1 million to American Crossroads in 2010. Rees-Jones also made a large donation to Parkland Memorial Hospital's campaign for its new facility.
In 2006, Trevor Rees-Jones and his wife founded The Rees-Jones Foundation, a private foundation established primarily to benefit the people of North Texas. The Foundation provides support and funding for programs that help improve the quality of life for the underserved people of North Texas.
- In 2008, the Rees-Jones Foundation approved 146 grants totaling over $45.4 million.
- In 2009, the Rees-Jones Foundation approved 111 grants totaling $8.5 million.
- For 2010, the Rees-Jones Foundation has approved grants totaling at least $47 million including:
- Dallas Arboretum - $1.2 million - Funding for Earth Cycles outdoor learning gallery, which is part of the Rory Meyers Children’s Garden.
- Salvation Army-DFW Metroplex Command - $100,000 - Funding for the Casa Youth Emergency Shelter.
- International Justice Mission - $250,000 - Funding for operations in India to rescue people from modern day slavery.
- Boy Scouts of America's Circle Ten Council - $25 million - Includes $20 million for the creation of an endowment for the Circle Ten Council ScoutReach program, which will extend the scouting experience to underserved communities, and $5 million to refurbish camps in North Texas.
- Central Dallas Ministries - $750,000 - Funding towards a capital campaign to build the Center of Hope, which will provide a comprehensive array of programs and services to the low-income community.
- SPCA of Texas - $750,000 - Funding for A Program to Stop Puppy Mills in Texas, which investigates and facilitates prosecution of perpetrators of animal cruelty.
- Dallas Museum of Nature and Science - $15 million - For the capital campaign to build the museum.
- Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center - $5 million - For the capital campaign to build a new facility.
- "#236 Trevor Rees-Jones - The Forbes 400 Richest Americans 2012". Forbes.com. September 30, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- "Leadership". Chief Oil & Gas. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
- Vogel, Kenneth P. (May 20, 2010). "GOP group gets $1M contribution". Politico. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
- 2008 Rees-Jones Foundation Grant Summary
- 2009 Rees-Jones Foundation Grant Summary
- Groundbreaking for Dallas Arboretum’s Children’s Adventure Garden is just months away, 2010-05-22, DallasNews.com
- Rees-Jones Foundation Helps Runaways and Troubled Youth Through Grant to The Salvation Army, www.salvationarmydfw.org
- International Justice Annual Report, International Justice Mission
- Meet Dallas’ giants of generosity, www.wfaa.com
- It’s the Scouting Way, 2010-10-05, dmagazine.com
- All the things Central Dallas Ministries Hopes to Squeeze into “Opportunity Center” on I-30, August 2010, dallasobserver.com
- Larry James Hopes to Open “Center of Hope” on I-30 by end of next year, March 2010, dallasobserver.com
- 2010 Capital Campaign program, www.spca.org
- Rees-Jones Foundation pledges $15 million more to Perot Museum, 2011-01-19, dallasnews.com
- Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas receives $25 million gift from The Rees-Jones Foundation, classic.cnbc.com
- Children’s Advocacy Center raises funds for new facility, 2010-10-30, dallasnews.com