Corbin "Corby" J. Robertson, Jr.
|Alma mater||University of Texas|
|Employer||Quintana Petroleum |
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Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. is an American businessman.
Personal life and education
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.
Robertson's involvement with the family business began when he was 15 years old. 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. 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.
Robertson had close ties with administration of George W. Bush. Robertson is a major Republican donor, and has been involved with the Koch Brothers. 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. Robertson has also given to Save Whatcom, a conservative group in Whatcom County, Washington.
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