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Rex Tillerson
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Rex Tillerson at the Moscow Kremlin, April 2012
33rd President of the Boy Scouts of America
In office
Preceded by John Gottschalk
Succeeded by Wayne Perry
Personal details
Born Rex Wayne Tillerson
(1952-03-23) March 23, 1952 (age 64)
Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Renda St. Clair
Alma mater University of Texas, Austin (BS)
Known for Chief Executive Officer of
Salary $27.2 million (2015)[1]
Awards Orden of Friendship.png Russian Order of

Rex Wayne Tillerson (born March 23, 1952) is an American businessman and is the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, the fifth largest company by market capitalization.[2][3] Tillerson is expected to be nominated as the next United States Secretary of State by President-elect Donald Trump.[4]

Early life and education

Tillerson was born on March 23, 1952 in Wichita Falls, Texas, the son of Patty Sue (Patton) and Bobby Joe Tillerson.[5][6] He earned the rank of Eagle Scout[7] in 1965.[8] In 1970, he graduated from Huntsville High School in Huntsville, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975.[9] During his time at UT Austin, he was involved with the Tejas Club,[10] Longhorn Band,[10] and Alpha Phi Omega.[11] In 2006 he was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate.[9]

Rex Tillerson with then Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, at the Kremlin, 2012.

Business career


Tillerson joined The Exxon Company in 1975 as a production engineer.[12]

In 1989, Tillerson became general manager of the central production division of Exxon USA.[12]

In 1995, he became president of Exxon Yemen Inc. and Esso Exploration and Production Khorat Inc.[12]

In 1998, he became a vice president of Exxon Ventures (CIS) and president of Exxon Neftegas Limited with responsibility for Exxon's holdings in Russia and the Caspian Sea. In 1999, with the merger of Exxon and Mobil, he was named Executive Vice President of ExxonMobil Development Company. [12]

In 2004, he became president and director of Exxon Mobil.[12]

On January 1, 2006, Tillerson was elected chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), following the retirement of Lee Raymond.[12]

Tillerson re-established his position of chairman and chief executive officer during a shareholder meeting on May 28, 2008. The Rockefeller family sponsored a non-binding resolution to separate the CEO and chairman positions in order to maintain a system of checks and balances. The Rockefeller family also wanted Exxon Mobil to invest more in alternative energy. However, the resolution did not obtain the necessary majority and Tillerson held on to both the chairman and chief executive officer job titles.

Role in Exxon's acquisition of XTO Energy

In 2009 Exxon Mobil acquired XTO Energy, a major natural gas producer, for $31 billion in stock. Some writers have stated that "Tillerson’s legacy rides on the XTO Deal."[13]

Ties with Russia

Tillerson has close ties with Vladimir Putin; the two men have been associates since Tillerson represented Exxon’s interests in Russia during Boris Yeltsin's premiership.[14] John Hamre, the president and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (for which Tillerson is a board member), states that Tillerson "has had more interactive time with Vladimir Putin than probably any other American with the exception of Henry Kissinger."[14]

Tillerson is a friend of Igor Sechin,[15] the leader of the Kremlin's Siloviki faction,[16] who is "widely believed to be Russia's second-most powerful person" after President Putin.[17]

In 2011, on behalf of ExxonMobil, Tillerson signed an agreement with Russia for drilling in the Arctic that could be valued up to $300 billion.[18] Although the company began drilling in the Kara Sea in summer 2014, sanctions against Russia during the Ukrainian crisis brought the project to a halt in September of that year.[19][20]

In 2013, Tillerson was awarded the Order of Friendship by Putin.[12]

Ties with Kurdistan

In 2011, Tillerson, on behalf of ExxonMobil, signed a deal to develop oil fields in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The agreement was in defiance of Iraqi law, which forbids companies from dealing directly with Iraqi Kurdistan.[21]


In 2012, Tillerson’s compensation package was $40.3 million.[22] It was $28.1 million in 2013, $33.1 million in 2014, and $27.2 million in 2015.[23][1]

Other business affiliations

Tillerson is also a trustee for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the American Petroleum Institute, and is a member of the Business Roundtable.[12]

He was a member of the Executive Committee of The Business Council for 2011 and 2012.[24]

Political involvement

Political views

Opposition to sanctions

Tillerson has stated that “We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don’t find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensively and that’s a very hard thing to do”.[25]

Climate change and carbon pricing

In 2010, Tillerson said that while he acknowledged that humans were affecting the climate through greenhouse gas emissions to some degree, it was not yet clear "to what extent and therefore what can you do about it."[26][27]

Tillerson also stated "The world is going to have to continue using fossil fuels, whether they like it or not."[28]

Tillerson stated in 2009 that he favors a carbon tax as "the most efficient means of reflecting the cost of carbon in all economic decisions — from investments made by companies to fuel their requirements to the product choices made by consumers."[29]

Support of free trade

Speaking in March 2007 at a Council on Foreign Relations event, Tillerson asked "Should the United States seek so-called energy independence in an elusive effort to insulate this country from the impact of world events on the economy, or should Americans pursue the path of international engagement, seeking ways to better compete within the global market for energy? Like the Council's founders, I believe we must choose the course of greater international engagement. ... The central reality is this: The global free market for energy provides the most effective means of achieving U.S. energy security by promoting resource development, enabling diversification, multiplying our supply channels, encouraging efficiency, and spurring innovation."[30]

Gay rights

Tillerson served as president of the Boy Scouts of America from 2010-2012, at the time that the delegates voted to allow openly gay youths to join their troops and earn their merit badges. After the vote took place, Tillerson led the Boy Scouts to implement the change.[31][23]

Rex Tillerson, with then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

Economic growth drivers

Tillerson has stated that "energy is the lifeblood to economic growth".[23]

Government regulation

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Tillerson expressed his impatience with government regulation, stating "there are a thousand ways you can be told ‘no’ in this country."[32]


In September 2013, Tillerson wrote an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal defending Common Core.[33]

Fundraising and donations

Tillerson is a longtime contributor to Republican campaigns. According to the FEC records available online, Tillerson has given $442,284.50 in direct contributions since 2003, $72,200 in "joint fundraising contributions" and $5000 to a Super PAC. FEC records do not show any contributions by Tillerson to Democrats during this period.[34]

He has contributed to George W. Bush,[4] as well as Mitt Romney in 2012 and Mitch McConnell.[35] He did not donate to Donald Trump's campaign.[4] He donated to Jeb Bush's campaign during the 2016 Republican primaries.[4][36]

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Rex Tillerson serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.[37]

Secretary of State consideration

On December 5, 2016, speculation began that Tillerson was in consideration for the position of U.S. Secretary of State for the Administration of President-elect Donald Trump.[38] On December 9, transition officials reported that Tillerson was the top candidate for the position surpassing Mitt Romney and David Petraeus.[39] His nomination was reportedly being advocated by Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.[40] The evening of December 10, BBC cited NBC reports that "sources close to Mr Trump [were] ... saying that Mr Tillerson is likely to be named next week" and that former UN ambassador John Bolton "will serve as his deputy".[41]

Personal life

Tillerson is married to Renda St. Clair and has four children.[42][7] He resides in Irving, Texas.[7] Tillerson is a Christian.[43] He and his wife donated $5,000-$10,000 to the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches in 2012.[44]

On February 20, 2014, news outlets reported that Tillerson joined opponents of a proposed water tower that could lead to fracking-related traffic near their homes. Plaintiffs included former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Dick Armey and his wife.[45][46] Tillerson and his wife dropped out of the lawsuit after a judge dismissed their claim in November 2014.[47]


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  14. ^ a b Bradley Olson, Rex Tillerson, a Candidate for Secretary of State, Has Ties to Vladimir Putin, Wall Street Journal (December 6, 2016).
  15. ^ Reported Secretary of State frontrunner Rex Tillerson is close to Vladimir Putin By JULIA IOFFE, December 10, 2016, Politico
  16. ^ Robert Amsterdam, "Downgrading the Siloviki", July 23, 2008.
  17. ^ Peleschuk, Dan (24 December 2014). "Think it's just Putin who runs Russia? Guess again". CNBC. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
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  28. ^ Schlanger, Zoe (May 26, 2016). "Is Exxon Waiting for the Paris Climate Agreement to Fail?". Newsweek. 
  29. ^ "ExxonMobil and the carbon tax". ExxonMobil. December 2, 2015. 
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  32. ^ Coll, Steve (April 9, 2012). "Gusher: The Power of ExxonMobil". The New Yorker. 
  33. ^ Tillerson, Rex (September 5, 2013). "How to Stop the Drop in American Education". The Wall Street Journal. 
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  37. ^ Rex W. Tillerson
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  43. ^ Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power
  44. ^ The Congregationalist. September 2013. p. 7.
  45. ^ "Exxon Mobil CEO welcomes fracking, but not water tower in his backyard". Reuters. February 26, 2014. 
  46. ^ "Exxon CEO Joins Suit Citing Fracking Concerns". The Wall Street Journal. 
  47. ^ "Rex Tillerson drops out of water tower lawsuit in Bartonville". April 21, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 

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Business positions
Preceded by
Lee Raymond
Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil
Boy Scouts of America
Preceded by
John Gottschalk
President of the Boy Scouts of America
Succeeded by
Wayne Perry