Bob R. Simpson

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Bob R. Simpson
Born Texas, United States
Education Baylor University
Occupation Business executive, Major League Baseball owner

Bob R. Simpson is the co-founder of XTO Energy, and co-owner of the Texas Rangers major league baseball (MLB) team.


In 1985 Simpson founded Cross Timbers Oil Company, and served as Chairman of the Board since July 1, 1996.[1] In 2001 the name was changed to XTO Energy.

In 2009 XTO Energy was ranked 325th on the Forbes Global 2000.[1]

In December 2009, ExxonMobil announced proposal to acquire XTO Energy for $41 billion.[2] The merger was completed in June 2010.[3]

Baseball Owner[edit]

In August 2010, Simpson and another Texas oil magnate, Ray Davis, served as co-lead investors in the $593 million winning bid, to take the Texas Rangers baseball team out of bankruptcy.[4]

Simpson and Davis initially remained in the background, leaving the Rangers in the hands of managing partner and CEO Chuck Greenberg and president Nolan Ryan. They served largely as senior consultants, an arrangement that continued after Greenberg resigned in 2011, making Ryan the undisputed day-to-day head of the franchise.[5]

In October 2010, the Texas Rangers played in the World Series for the first time in franchise history.[6]

In October 2011, the team again reached the World Series.[7]

Ryan left the ownership group in 2013, but Davis and Simpson have mostly left the Rangers in the hands of general manager Jon Daniels and have rarely interfered.


Simpson received a BS in accounting, and an MBA from Baylor University.[8] He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. [9]

RayLynn Records[edit]

In 2012, Simpson, along with his wife Janice, started a record label for emerging musicians named RayLynn Records. Hear Me, the debut album from up and coming rock musician Kyle Sherman, was the first recording produced by the company.[10][11][12][13][14][15]


  1. ^ a b "Profile - Bob R. Simpson". Retrieved 2011-10-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Exxon Mobil to buy XTO Energy in $43 billion deal". 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2011-10-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Exxon-XTO Energy Merger Completed". Jun 29, 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-14.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Rangers exit bankruptcy after Greenberg-Ryan bid is approved". 6 August 2010. Retrieved Oct 14, 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Davis, Simpson to continue as low-key counsel - Board co-chairmen's roles will remain behind the scenes". March 11, 2011. Retrieved Oct 14, 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Rangers Beat Yankees, 6-1, to Advance to World Series for First Time". October 22, 2010. Retrieved Oct 14, 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Rangers Lose Game 7 To Cardinals: World Series Defeats End Consecutive Texas Seasons". 2011-10-29. Retrieved Oct 29, 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "CEO Compensation #10 Bob R Simpson". 2008-04-30. Retrieved Oct 14, 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "2010 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients Named". Baylor Alumni Association. Retrieved Oct 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Music News, September 2012: RAYLYNN RECORDS UNVEILS POP ARTIST KYLE SHERMAN FOR ALBUM DEBUT HEAR ME ON OCTOBER 9, 2012". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  11. ^ "Hear Me by Kyle Sherman | CD Reviews And Information". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  12. ^ "Hear Me - Kyle Sherman | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  13. ^ Time. "Hear Me: Kyle Sherman". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  15. ^ Lindsay Williams, Contributing Writer (2013-03-18). "Hear Me Won't Be Ignored - Christian Music Reviews, Interviews, News". Retrieved 2014-04-08.