Jerry Fullinwider

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Jerome M. Fullinwider
ResidenceHighland Park, Texas
Alma materSMU

Jerry Fullinwider is an American businessman and the founder of Hillwood International Energy.

Personal life and education[edit]

Fullinwider graduated from the Naval School of Justice, and served in Korea and China, retiring as a lieutenant. Fullinwider earned a bachelor's degree from SMU.[1] Fullinwider's daughter, Sarah, is married to Ross Perot, Jr.[2]


Fullinwider began his career in oil with Standard Oil of Ohio, and later worked with Cherry Brothers in Dallas. Fullinwider moved to West Texas in the 1960s with little money in the bank, founding V-F Petroleum. In 1989, Fullinwider met with high-ranking USSR oil officials. He ultimately founded V-F Russia to explore for oil in Siberia.[3] Fullinwider also founded HKN Energy and Hillwood International Energy,[1] as well as BaiTex LCC, which operates in the Baituganskoye oil field of Southern Russia.[4]

Political and religious activity[edit]

Fullinwider is a major donor to conservative political causes affiliated with the Koch Brothers.[5] Fullinwider supports SMU's O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, a free market think tank. Fullinwider also has an endowed teaching position, the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom, named for him.[6]

Fullinwider is an elder with Highland Park Presbyterian. In 2011, Fullinwider successfully invited Hilarion Alfeyev, a Russian Orthodox Metropolitan, to visit and preach in Texas.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Fullinwider Presents Family Ties". Austin College. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  2. ^ Miller, Robert (4 May 2011). "Sarah and Ross Perot Jr. give $2 million to SMU". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Outstanding Business Leaders". Northwood University. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Jerry Fullinwider". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  5. ^ Weinger, Mackenzie (6 September 2011). "Report: Koch brothers $1M dollar club revealed". Politico. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  6. ^ Russell, Nicole (April 2013). "A THINK TANK WITH ACTION". American Spectator. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  7. ^ Hodges, Sam (11 February 2011). "Russian Orthodox cleric visits Dallas churches to 'build bridges'". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 28 November 2013.