Robert Bass

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Robert Muse Bass
Born 1948
Alma mater Yale University
Stanford University
Occupation Businessman, philanthropist
Net worth US$5.5 billion (2007)
Spouse(s) Anne T. Bass
Children 4
Parent(s) Perry Richardson Bass
Nancy Lee Bass
Relatives Ed Bass (brother)
Lee Bass (brother)
Sid Bass (brother)
Hyatt Bass (niece)
Sid W. Richardson (great-uncle)

Robert Muse Bass (born 1948) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Aerion Corporation, an American aerospace firm in Reno, Nevada. Bass was worth approximately $5.5 billion in 2007,[1] and $4 billion in 2010 on oil and other investments[2]

Early life[edit]

Robert Muse Bass was born in 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas. His father, Perry Richardson Bass, was an heir and investor. His mother, Nancy Lee Bass, was a philanthropist. He has three brothers Lee Marshall Bass, Ed Bass and Sid Bass. His uncle is Sid Richardson

Bass graduated from Yale University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree. He received a master in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Bass co-founded Bass Brothers Enterprises with his brothers. Later, he founded the Robert M. Bass Group. Additionally, Bass serves as the chairman of Aerion Corporation and president of Keystone, Inc.. He is the founder of the Oak Hill Capital Partners.


Bass is past Chairman of Stanford University, Stanford Management Company, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Cook Children’s Medical Center. He is a Trustee of Stanford University, a Director of Stanford Management Company, and a Trustee of Rockefeller University, Groton School, Middlesex School, and the Amon Carter Museum.

Bass and his wife Anne donated $13 million to fund the renovation of Yale's Cross Campus Library, which was renamed the Bass Library.[3] In 2005, they donated $30 million to the Graduate School of Business.[4] In 2013, they donated $50 million to Duke University to support Bass Connections, an initiative to encourage cross disciplinary collaboration and studies.[5] In 2001, Bass and his wife donated $10 million to Duke to strengthen undergraduate teaching. They also donated $10 million in 1996 to establish the Bass Society of Fellows at Duke.[6]


Bass is married to Anne T. Bass. They have four children together.[7] One daughter, Margaret, was featured in an article showing the importance of connections in university admissions which clearly factored into her acceptance at Stanford.[8] They reside in Woodside, California.


  1. ^ "Magazine Article". Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  2. ^ "The Richest People in America". Forbes. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Viewers of Le’s records may be fired | Yale Daily News | Page 21937". Yale Daily News. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived December 11, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "New Initiative Prepares Students for Society’s Challenges | Duke Today". 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  6. ^ "$10 Million Gift for Undergrad Education | Duke Today". 2001-01-26. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  7. ^ "Board of Trustees at Duke University: Anne T. Bass". Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  8. ^ "For Groton Grads, Academics Aren't Only Keys to Ivy Schools". Retrieved 2015-12-29.  line feed character in |title= at position 28 (help)

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