Samson Resources

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Samson Resources
FounderCharles Schusterman
Key people
Randy Limbacher (CEO)

The Samson Investment Company is the largest privately held company of crude oil and natural gas in the United States.[1][2][3][4]


It was founded by Charles Schusterman in 1971.[2][3] It is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[1] It has offices in Houston, Texas, Denver, Colorado,.[1][2] Its current CEO is Randy Limbacher.[2][5] It employs over 1,200 people.[4]

Its business is 50% natural gas and 50% oil/liquids.[1] It has exploration sites in the United States, Canada, Russia, Venezuela, and the North Sea.[1][2] It has invested billions of dollars in exploration.[1]

In November 2011, Samson agreed to sell most of its assets (excluding certain assets on the Gulf Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico) to an investment consortium led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) for $7.2 billion. Reports described this as the biggest leveraged buyout transaction of 2011. The company will change its name to Samson Resources, but will keep its headquarters in Tulsa, where KKR principal Henry Kravis was born.[6][7][8]

Samson Resources Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on September 16, 2015. [9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Official website, About Us
  2. ^ a b c d e BusinessWeek profile
  3. ^ a b Charles Schusterman biography Archived 2012-05-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Microsoft Case Study
  5. ^
  6. ^ Cristina Alesci and Devin Banerjee, "KKR to Acquire Samson for $7.2 Billion in Year’s Biggest LBO", Bloomberg Businessweek, November 23, 2011.
  7. ^ Ryan Dezember, "KKR, Partners to Buy Samson for $7.2 Billion ", The Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2011.
  8. ^ Michael de la Merced, "Group Led by K.K.R. to Buy Samson for $7.2 Billion", The New York Times, November 23, 2011.
  9. ^ "Chapter 11 Petition" (PDF). PacerMonitor. Retrieved 27 October 2015.