Corbin Robertson

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Corbin "Corby" J. Robertson, Jr.
Born (1947-10-28) October 28, 1947 (age 71)
Alma materUniversity of Texas
EmployerQuintana Petroleum
Natural Resource Partners

Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. is an American businessman.

Personal life and education[edit]

Robertson is the grandson of Texas oil magnate Hugh Roy Cullen, the founder of Quintana Petroleum. Robertson's father also worked for Quintana. Robertson was an All-American linebacker at the University of Texas, captaining the team to a victory at the 1969 Cotton Bowl Classic.[1]


Robertson's involvement with the family business began when he was 15 years old.[2] Robertson inherited Quintana's large holdings in oil but, in the 1980s, decided to invest his fortune in coal. Robertson built up a large coal empire, usually by buying the land and collecting royalties from the coal mined from the land. Some of Robertson's operations involved mountaintop removal.[1] By some estimates, as of 2010 Quintana had the second largest amount of coal reserves in the United States, with only the federal government having bigger reserves.[3]

Robertson is currently the Chairman and CEO of Natural Resource Partners. Robertson sits on numerous other boards.[4][5]

Political activity[edit]

Robertson had close ties with administration of George W. Bush.[1] Robertson is a major Republican donor, and has been involved with the Koch Brothers.[6] He has also given money to Texas Republicans Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, and Joe Barton. Quintana is closely affiliated with the Coalition for Responsible Regulation, which seeks to challenge EPA greenhouse gas regulations.[3] Robertson has also given to Save Whatcom, a conservative group in Whatcom County, Washington.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Fisher, Daniel (20 January 2003). "Fuel's Paradise". Forbes. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  2. ^ Cook, Lynn J. (17 July 2005). "Magnate makes a tidy sum off highly consumed coal". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Banerjee, Neela (8 November 2010). "In climate politics, Texas aims to be the anti-California". LA Times. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Corbin J. Robertson. Jr". University of Houston. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Natural Resource Partners Lp (NRP:New York)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  6. ^ Slater, Wayne (4 August 2012). "Slater: Cruz's tea party victory a win for anti-government establishment, too". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  7. ^ Schwartz, Ralph (18 October 2013). "Coal interests give more than $100K to 'Save Whatcom' for local elections". The Bellingham Herald. Retrieved 28 November 2013.