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A new beginning for Mesa Vista Ranch

Growing up in Holdenville, Oklahoma, I once walked five miles from town down to the Canadian River – and back – to earn a Boy Scout Merit Badge.

Today, some 80 years later, that very same Canadian River remains a prominent part of my life. It forms the northern boundary of my picturesque 65,000-acre Mesa Vista Ranch in the northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle. The ranch’s name commemorates the stunning mesa views to the north that mark the southern edge of the Great Plains.

Years ago, at a high school commencement speech for my grandson, I offered to trade the Mesa Vista (and my jet and my billion-dollar bank account) for their place as graduating seniors with a lifetime of dreams and accomplishments to come.

Today, however, trading my ranch is off the table. Selling it is not. I’m officially putting it on the market. Asking price: $250 million.

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Congratulations to Mesa Natural Gas Solutions on its 2017 Freedom Award

A handful of companies from across the country recently flew out to Washington, D.C. for an award ceremony at the Pentagon. They were recipients of the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, which honors companies that exceed federal requirements for their military and veteran employees by offering generous policies and continuous benefits. I’m proud to be involved with one of the honored companies, Mesa Natural Gas Solutions.

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Philanthropic Competition: The Pickens-Abraham Foundation

My mother, Grace Molonson Pickens, always told me to never forget where I came from. I was born in Holdenville, a small Oklahoma town, and moved to the Texas Panhandle when I was a teen. So both have always been part of who I am, and I’ve donated a good deal of money in both states.

But I’m a guy who believes in challenges over handouts. And I always love a little competition. I don’t want the other guy to do badly; I just want to challenge those I give to to have some skin in the game.

That’s true for me both in business and in other areas of my life. So when it comes to philanthropy, I believe a little competitive spirit can create better outcomes for everyone.

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Forbes at 100: You Can Be Successful If You Have A Plan

Forbes has released a special centennial issue featuring “The World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.” Over the past century, Forbes has been recording the most pivotal moments in business, inspiring the doers to help change the world for the better. Now, they are recognizing innovators who have left a lasting impact on business and the world. Today, I am very proud and honored to find myself on their list.

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