John B. Hess

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John Barnett Hess
Born (1954-04-05) April 5, 1954 (age 64)
ResidenceNew York City, New York
NationalityUnited States
Alma materB.A. Harvard College
M.B.A. Harvard Business School
Known forCEO of Hess Corporation
Spouse(s)Susan Elizabeth Kessler
Parent(s)Norma Wilentz Hess
Leon Hess

John Barnett Hess (born April 5, 1954)[1] is the CEO of Hess Corporation.


John Hess was born in 1954 to a Jewish family,[2][3] the son of Norma and Leon Hess. His father was the founder of the Hess Oil and Chemical Company which later became the Amerada Hess Corporation and is now known as the Hess Corporation. His maternal grandfather was the former Attorney General David T. Wilentz who prosecuted Bruno Richard Hauptmann in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case.[4] He has two siblings: Marlene Hess and former Pennsylvania State Senator, Constance H. Williams.[4]

He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1975 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1977. He married Susan Elizabeth Kessler in 1984.[5]

Hess became Chairman and CEO of Hess Corporation in 1995. He stepped down as Chairman in May 2013, retaining his position as CEO.[6]


  1. ^ "Profile: John Hess", NNDB
  2. ^ We Are Many: Reflections On American Jewish History And Identity By Edward S Shapiro pages 123-124 | retrieved April 6, 2013
  3. ^ New Jersey Star Ledger: "Norma Wilentz Hess" April 22, 2010
  4. ^ a b New York Times: "Leon Hess, Who Built a Major Oil Company and Owned the Jets, Is Dead at 85" By GERALD ESKENAZI May 08, 1999
  5. ^ "Susan E. Kessler Exchanges Vows With John Hess", The New Yotk Times, December 16, 1984
  6. ^ "Hess Chairman Cedes Title After 18 Years -". Retrieved 2013-11-17.
Preceded by
Leon Hess
CEO of Amerada Hess Corporation Succeeded by