Paul L. Foster

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Paul Foster
Paul Foster

6th of May 1959
ResidenceEl Paso, Texas, U.S.
Alma materBaylor University
OccupationChairman of Western Refining
Known forfounding Western Refining, philanthropy involving educational institutions
Net worthIncrease US $1.5 billion (December 2014)[1]
Spouse(s)Alejandra de la Vega

Paul L. Foster is an American businessman who is chairman of the board of Western Refining,[2] a Fortune 200 and Global 2000 oil refiner and marketer based in El Paso, Texas.[3]


Foster was raised in Lovington, New Mexico, and attended Baylor University,[4] where he was a member of the Texas Theta chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, graduating in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He would later serve on his alma mater's business school's advisory board from 2008-2010,[4] and in 2006 donated $3 million to the university, to build the Paul L. Foster Success Center, a clearinghouse where students can receive academic and career help.[4] In 2013, he donated a further $35 million, the majority of which was designated to fund the $100 million, 275,000 square foot Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation (housing Baylor's existing Hankamer School of Business). Part of the gift was also earmarked for the $260 million McLane Stadium project.

In 1997, Foster founded Western Refining, which became the fourth-largest publicly traded independent oil refinery in the United States by 2006.

In 2007, he appeared on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans, ranking 261st with a net worth estimated at $1.9 billion.[2] As of 2014, Forbes lists his net worth as $1.5 billion.[5] He is Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System.[6]

In 2007, Foster donated $50 million to help create the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.[7]

In November 2007, Foster was appointed to the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System by Governor Rick Perry. In 2009, Foster was elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents. In 2010 and 2011, he was re-elected as Vice-Chairman. In 2012, he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Regents. In 2013, he was re-appointed to the Board of Regents.[6]

Foster has donated at least one million dollars to Freedom Partners Action Fund, a conservative Super PAC affiliated with the Koch Brothers.[8]


  1. ^ Katia Savchuk. "Paul Foster". Forbes.
  2. ^ a b "Forbes 400". Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  3. ^ "Western Refining". Western Refining. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  4. ^ a b c Regina Dennis (June 5, 2013). "Baylor alumnus gives record $35 million gift". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "The World's Billionaires - Paul Foster". Forbes. June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
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  7. ^ "New Medical School Gets Huge Donation". KFOX. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  8. ^ Schouten, Fredreka (22 October 2014). "Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million". USA Today. Retrieved 9 August 2016.