William Herbert Hunt

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William Herbert Hunt
Born (1929-03-06)March 6, 1929
El Dorado, Arkansas, US
Residence Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Occupation Heir, owner of 25% of Halcon
Net worth $2.0 billion (January 2015)[1]
Children 5
Parent(s) H. L. Hunt
Lyda Bunker
Relatives Margaret Hunt Hill, H. L. Hunt III, Nelson Bunker Hunt, Caroline Rose Hunt, and Lamar Hunt (siblings)

William Herbert Hunt (born March 6, 1929) is an American oil billionaire. According to Forbes, as of January 2015 his net worth is estimated at $2.0 billion.[1]

Early life[edit]

William Herbert Hunt was born in 1929 to Lyda Bunker and the oil well wildcatter H. L. Hunt.[1]


In the 1970s Hunt and his brother Nelson Bunker Hunt acquired 195 million ounces of silver, worth nearly $10 billion at the peak. When the price of silver collapsed 80% in 1980 the brothers lost their fortune in the silver trading scandal called Silver Thursday; together they lost a billion dollars.[2] William Herbert Hunt went bankrupt in 1990,[3] but came back to power years later.

In 2012, Hunt sold his company Petro-Hunt’s stake in the Bakken shale field to Halcon Resources[4] for $1.45 billion, lifting his net wealth to an estimated $3 billion or more.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Hunt lives in Dallas, Texas, and has five children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "W. Herbert Hunt". Forbes. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Nelson Hunt Denies Plotting to Manipulate Silver Market". Los Angeles Times. June 2, 1988. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Robert Wilonsky (November 30, 1995). "Giddy-up!". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Energy tycoons on Forbes 400 list". 13 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Rupert Cornwall. "Nelson Bunker Hunt dead: Former world’s richest man dies in 'modest circumstances' in US after losing his fortune".