HKN, Inc.

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Harken Energy Corporation
Public company NYSE MKTHKN
Industry Oil and gas
Founded Southlake, Texas, United States (1973)
Headquarters Southlake, Texas
Services Oil and gas exploration and production
Total assets
  • Decrease US$ 66.96 million (2013) [1]
  • Decrease US$ 73.977 million (2012) [1]

HKN, Inc., formerly known as Harken Energy Corporation, is a small American oil and gas production company, with ownership interests in other production companies. The company is headquartered in Southlake, Texas, near Fort Worth. There is a second office near Dallas, in the town of Paris. The total number of employees varies. It is at approximately 20 in 2009. The company's stock trades publicly on the NYSE MKT stock exchange, with the symbol HKN.


The company began as an unprofitable collection of Texas oil wells for investors seeking tax write-offs.[2]

In 1986, Spectrum 7 was bought by Harken for $2.2 million[citation needed]. After the sale of his company, as part of the deal, George W. Bush would serve on Harken's board of directors. George W. Bush remained on the board through 1993 and was also paid fees as a consultant.[3]

In 1987, Talat M. Othman joined the board of the company and served as the chair of the Audit Committee.

Aloha Petroleum was sold in a controversial deal in which Harken's equity stake in Aloha was turned into a loan, thereby disguising financial losses.[citation needed] This questionable accounting technique, which can serve to inflate profits, was also used by Enron. It helped result in the infamous 2001 Enron scandal, when the fifth largest corporation in America at the time suddenly collapsed into bankruptcy.

Insider trading allegations[edit]

Harken has attracted attention because of the role played in its affairs during the 1980s by George W. Bush, later the President of the United States. While a member of the company's board of directors, Bush sold stock in Harken on June 22, 1990, shortly before the company announced substantial losses.[4] This transaction resulted in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of probable insider trading.

A Harken transaction associated with the endowment fund of Harvard University has also been questioned; see Harken Energy scandal and the Harken board member from Harvard, Michael R. Eisenson.

The controversy is discussed in the 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11. In another documentary, Orwell Rolls in His Grave, one of the responders, Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity said that his organisation brought this controversy on April 4, 2000, seven months before the 2000 U.S. presidential election, but the mainstream media "chose not to report the story".[5]

In the drawings of Mark Lombardi (1951– 2000) who was specialized in documenting alleged financial and political frauds by power brokers Harken is documented.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "HKN, Inc. 2013 Annual Report Form (10-K)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Harken Energy Chronology". Scoop. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  3. ^ "The Truth About Bush and Harken Energy Corp.". Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  4. ^ Tran, Mark (2002-07-10). "Bush and Harken Energy". Guardian Unlimited. London. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  5. ^ Orwell Rolls In His Grave, time code 00:43:36

Further reading[edit]

  • Harken Energy - George W.'s perfect storm
  • Mike Allen and George Lardner Jr., "Papers Offer Details on Bush Knowledge Motive for Stock Sale In '90 Remains Unclear", Washington Post Sunday, July 14, 2002; Page A01

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