Trevor Rees-Jones

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Trevor Rees-Jones
Born 1951
Residence Dallas, Texas, US
Nationality American
Education Highland Park High School
Alma mater Dartmouth College
SMU Dedman School of Law
Occupation Founder and chairman, Chief Oil and Gas
Net worth Decrease $4.3 billion[1]
Religion Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Spouse(s) Jan Rees-Jones
Children Trevor R. Rees-Jones, III
David Rees-Jones
Parent(s) Trevor William Rees-Jones
Billye June (Kay) Rees-Jones
Relatives Jennifer Hall (Ebeier) Rees-Jones (daughter-in-law)

Trevor D. Rees-Jones (born 1951) is an American attorney, business executive and philanthropist from Texas. He is the founder and chairman of Chief Oil and Gas. He has a net worth of approximately $5.3 billion.

Early life[edit]

Trevor D. Rees-Jones was born in 1951. He grew up in University Park, Texas, Dallas, the eldest of three children of Trevor William Rees-Jones (1923-2009) and Billye June Kay of Dallas (1924-2008).[2][3] His father was a lawyer with Locke Liddell & Sapp in Dallas.[4] His paternal grandfather, David Rees-Jones, was a Presbyterian minister from Trefor, Wales who immigrated to the United States to serve as a pastor in Oklahoma and Texas.[2] His paternal grandmother, Mary Edith Holmes, was a secretary for William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme from Cheshire, England; she immigrated to the United States with her husband.[2]

Rees-Jones was educated at Highland Park High School, University Park, Dallas.[5] Rees-Jones graduated from Dartmouth College and studied law at Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law, where he received his J.D.[6][7]


He started his career as a bankruptcy attorney in Dallas. Later, he practised oil and gas reorganization law with Thompson & Knight.[7]

In 1984, he began pursuing oil and gas investments.[7] He founded Chief Oil & Gas a decade later, in 1994. The company has been active in the Barnett Shale, a geological formation located in the Bend Arch–Fort Worth Basin.[7] He has served as President of the Dallas Petroleum Club and the Dallas Hardhatters Committee (now known as the Dallas Wildcatters Committee).[7]


Rees-Jones has emerged as a large donor to the Republican Party and gave $1 million to American Crossroads in 2010.[8] Rees-Jones also made a large donation to Parkland Memorial Hospital's campaign for its new facility.

In 2006, Trevor Rees-Jones and his wife founded the Rees-Jones Foundation, a private foundation established primarily to support and funding for programs that help improve the quality of life for the people of North Texas. Major recipients of grants from the foundation include the Boy Scouts of America's Circle Ten Council, the Dallas Arboretum,[9][10] the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science and the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center.[11][12][13] The foundation gave grants of over $40 million in both 2008 and 2010.[14]

He has served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Dartmouth College, since 2010.[7] He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Texas Christian University and on the Board of Advisors of its Energy Institute.[7][15]

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, created in 2006 by Rees-Jones' friend and business partner, fellow billionaire Ross Perot includes the Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall, the subject of a $25 million donation.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Rees-Jones and his wife Jan live in a 10,700 sq ft house in Dallas, Texas, valued by D Magazine at $13 million in 2011.[1][5] They attend the Highland Park Presbyterian Church.[7] They are also members of the Dallas Country Club.[7]

Rees-Jones owns Cook Canyon Ranch near Ranger, Texas. In October 2010, he paid the pop singer Jon Bon Jovi to play at a party there.[5] For his 60th birthday party in August 2011, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi and the Blues Brothers Band performed as the opening act, followed by The Eagles, who played a two hour set. There were 25-30 private jets at the ranch's airstrip.[16]

They have two sons, Trevor Richard Rees-Jones, III, and David Rees-Jones, both of whom were Texas Christian University students in 2011.[17] On 18 October 2014, Trevor Richard Rees-Jones, III, married Jennifer Hall Ebeier of Fort Worth at Rees-Jones' Cook Canyon Ranch.[18]


  1. ^ a b "Trevor Rees-Jones". Forbes. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Trevor Rees-Jones". Legacy. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Billye June Rees-Jones". Restland. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Peppard, Alan (29 September 2012). "Dossier Dallas: Trevor Rees-Jones". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Hunter, Glenn (October 2011). "Trevor Rees-Jones: The Wildcatter". D magazine. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Leadership". Chief Oil & Gas. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i Dartmouth College Trustees
  8. ^ Vogel, Kenneth P. (May 20, 2010). "GOP group gets $1M contribution". Politico. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ Groundbreaking for Dallas Arboretum's Children's Adventure Garden is just months away, 2010-05-22,
  10. ^ Meet Dallas' giants of generosity,
  11. ^ Rees-Jones Foundation pledges $15 million more to Perot Museum, 2011-01-19,
  12. ^ Perot Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas receives $25 million gift from The Rees-Jones Foundation,
  13. ^ Children’s Advocacy Center raises funds for new facility, 2010-10-30,
  14. ^ 2008 Rees-Jones Foundation Grant Summary
  15. ^ Texas Christian University Board of Trustees
  16. ^ Peppard, Alan (8 August 2011). "The Eagles help Trevor Rees-Jones and friends beat the heat". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  17. ^ Dodson, Dee (13 July 2011). "2011 Alumni Awards - Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones". TCU magazine. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Ebeier-Rees-Jones". MRT. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

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