Oil Barons

The oil industry, better known as the petroleum industry, is one of the major drivers of modern industrial growth and development throughout the world. Petroleum plays a significant role in many industries as it is a major source of fuel oil and petrol. It also provides raw material for various types of chemical industries such as pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, plastics, etc. Petroleum industrialists operate units engaged in the exploration, production, transportation, processing and refining of petroleum products. In many countries like the U.S, the government provides heavy subsidies to these industries which make it an attractive option for investors. Even though petroleum in its crude form had been in usage for thousands of years, its demand as an industrial product began increasing only by the 19th century. It was during the 1850’s that oil wells, refineries and drilling units began springing up all over the world. However, petroleum is a non-renewable natural resource which will eventually be depleted after some years. This looming threat of world oil depletion has made scientists from all over the world look for alternative sources of energy for the future. Read on to browse through a list of world famous oil barons and read their biographies and timelines.

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 1 J. Paul Getty

J. Paul Getty.
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: December 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S
Died: June 6, 1976

As the patriarch of the Getty family, J. Paul Getty was an influential petrol-industrialist who founded the Getty Oil Company. In 1966, Paul made it to the Guinness Book of Records as the world's richest private citizen. An avid collector of antiquities and art, his collection is preserved at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California.

 2 Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani.
Famous As: Indian businessman
Birthdate: April 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aden, Yemen

The richest person in Asia, Mukesh Ambani is an Indian billionaire business magnate. He is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL). The son legendary Dhirubhai Ambani, he started his career by helping his father build their family business. As of today, he is the only Indian businessman on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people.

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 3 Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich.
Famous As: Business Tycoon
Birthdate: October 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia

Roman Abramovich is an Israeli-Russian businessman and politician. Over the years, he has played an influential role as the primary owner of Millhouse LLC and as the owner of the popular Premier League football club Chelsea F.C. Roman Abramovich is one of the richest persons in the world and has donated over US$2.5 billion to various charitable causes between 1999 and 2013.

 4 Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones.
Famous As: Owner of NFL's Dallas Cowboys Team
Birthdate: October 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Businessman Jerry Jones is best known for being the owner of the National Football League (NFL)'s Dallas Cowboys since 1989. An alumnus of the University of Arkansas, he launched many businesses as a young man and suffered a series of failures before finally finding financial success. Besides his business ventures, he has appeared in a few TV programs.

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 5 Charles Koch

Charles Koch.
Famous As: Co-Owner of Koch Industries
Birthdate: November 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wichita
Charles Koch, co-owner, chairman, and CEO of Koch Industries, was the world’s 11th-richest man in 2019. He and his brother, David Koch, both named to Time 100 in 2011, transformed their business from an oil and chemical company to one that owns brands such as Stainmaster, Lycra, and Dixie Cup.

 6 Dhirubhai Ambani

Dhirubhai Ambani.
Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Junagadh
Died: July 6, 2002

Dhirubhai Ambani was an Indian business tycoon. He is credited with founding Reliance Industries, which is currently the largest company in the country in terms of revenue. Dhirubhai Ambani's life and career inspired the 2007 drama film Guru, in which his character was portrayed by Abhishek Bachchan.

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 7 Armand Hammer

Armand Hammer
Famous As: Business people
Birthdate: May 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 10, 1990
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 8 James Drury

James Drury
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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 9 Andrew William Mellon

Andrew Mellon.
Famous As: Industrialist, Philanthropist
Birthdate: March 24, 1855
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: August 27, 1937

 10 William Rockefeller

William Rockefeller
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 31, 1841
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Richford, New York
Died: June 24, 1922
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 11 Arkadiy Abramovich

Arkadiy Abramovich.
Famous As: Roman Abramovich's Son
Birthdate: September 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moscow

Arkadiy Abramovich is the son of Russian billionaire businessman and politician Roman Abramovich and his former wife,  Irina Abramovich (née Malandina), a former Aeroflot stewardess. The young man is the founder and owner of ARA Capital, a private investment company. He is also the founder of a vegetable farming company called Greenhouse and has acquired Royal Atlantic Energy (Cyprus) Limited. 

 12 Nelson Bunker Hunt

Nelson Bunker Hunt
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: February 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
Died: October 21, 2014

 13 Tony O'Reilly

Tony O'Reilly
Famous As: Rugby Player
Birthdate: May 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 14 Edwin Drake

Edwin Drake.
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 29, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenville, New York, United States
Died: November 9, 1880
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 15 William Knox D'Arcy

William Knox D'Arcy
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 11, 1849
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Died: May 1, 1917

 16 Robert Mosbacher

Robert Mosbacher
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 11, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Died: January 24, 2010
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 17 Harry Ford Sinclair

Harry Ford Sinclair
Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: July 6, 1876
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wheeling, West Virginia, United States
Died: November 10, 1956

 18 J. Howard Pew

J. Howard Pew
Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: January 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 27, 1971
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 19 Robert Orville Anderson

Robert Orville Anderson
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 12, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 2, 2007

 20 J. Hugh Liedtke

J. Hugh Liedtke
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Died: March 28, 2003

 21 Lee Wilder Thomas

Lee Wilder Thomas
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 15, 1873
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tehuacana, Texas, United States
Died: April 11, 1953
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