Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr.: More Info

Personal Life

In 2005,Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr. married Madeleine Pickens, the widow of Allen E. Paulson who founded Gulfstream Aerospace. She is an activist for wild mustang horses and an strong supporter of the R.O.A.M. Act to provide a sanctuary for approximately 33,000 American mustangs. They live in the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, Texas and own a ranch located on the Canadian River in the Texas Panhandle.

As of 2007, T. Boone Pickens fathered five children and had twelve grandchildren.

In December 2008, the Texas Legislative Conference chose T. Boone Pickens as its “Texan of the Year”.

Alternative Energy

In June 2007, Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr. announced his intention to build the world’s largest wind farm by building large wind turbines in four Texas Panhandle counties. The project should produce up to four gigawatts of electricity. Pickens’ Mesa Power LP will perform the construction. If completed, the farm will generate more than five times the 735 megawatts produced at the present largest such farm near Abilene, according to the spokesman for the American Wind Energy Association.

On August 16, 2007, Pickens’ Mesa Power announced that it had filed documents with the state of Texas to contribute four gigawatts of electricity to the Texas state grid. The filing with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) estimated that the project would be finished by 2011 and would include up to 2,700 turbines on up to 200,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle.