Dan Peña

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Dan Peña
Peña in April 2019
Daniel Steven Peña

(1945-08-10) August 10, 1945 (age 75)
EducationSan Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN) (BS)

Daniel Steven Peña Sr.[1] (born August 10, 1945) is an American businessman.

Early life[edit]

Peña was raised in east Los Angeles.[2][3] He served in the military during the Vietnam War, but never saw combat.[4] In 1971 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge).[5]


Following his graduation Peña became a financial analyst on Wall Street.[6] After he was made redundant, Peña established JPK Industries, an oil company.[7]

Peña acquired Guthrie Castle in Scotland in 1984.[8] He later developed the castle into a weddings business.[9]

Peña later established Great Western Resources, a Houston-based oil company.[10] Great Western Resources was floated as a public company on the London Stock Exchange in 1984. He was ousted as president of the company in 1992, in a move backed by shareholders.[7]


  1. ^ "Daniel Steven Pena - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  2. ^ Gault, David (5 February 1997). "American guru is man in a million - and one to follow". Aberdeen Press & Journal.
  3. ^ Martinez, Al (August 3, 1983). "The Latino wealthy — a new breed". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Betley, John (18 March 1989). "The Land of Frasers and castles revisited". The Age. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  5. ^ Dan Pena's Commencement Speech at the California State University, Northridge. Retrieved April 18, 2018 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Levi, Jim (2 June 1985). "Pena set to pay out". The Observer. p. 26. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  7. ^ a b Sweeney, John (31 October 1993). "Fraud shadow over Lilley firm". The Observer. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  8. ^ "U.S. oilman is new owner of Guthrie Castle". Aberdeen Press & Journal. 23 October 1984.
  9. ^ "Rescued castle to open its doors". The Scotsman. 4 August 2003.
  10. ^ "Solid Gold Malt". San Francisco Examiner. 20 September 1987. Retrieved 9 June 2020.