Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr., is an American businessman who chairs the private equity firm BP Capital Management. He was a well-known takeover artist during the 1980s. With an estimated current net worth of about $3 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 117th-richest person in America and ranked 369th in the world. In recent years, Pickens has focused his energy on his alma mater, the Stillwater campus of Oklahoma State University (OSU). His total contributions to OSU come to over $290 million dollars.