This Man Made $US1.5 Billion In A Morning Just By Rearranging His Companies

Richard KinderAP ImagesRich Kinder and his wife, Nancy.

Billionaire energy tycoon Rich Kinder, the CEO/cofounder of the pipeline giant Kinder Morgan, made $US1.5 billion on Monday morning, Bloomberg News reported.

Kinder Morgan announced a $US70 billion mega-deal that would streamline all of its publicly traded entities into one company.

The stocks — Kinder Morgan, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, El Paso Pipeline Partners, and Kinder Morgan Management — are all higher on the news. The general view is that investors like the streamlined corporate structure, and that the company will now have a lower cost of capital.

Kinder is the largest shareholder of Kinder Morgan (KMI). He owns 243.1 million shares, or about a 24% stake, according to data from Bloomberg News.

Following the deal announcement, Kinder Morgan’s stock was up $US6.23 at the opening bell, Bloomberg News reported. That means Kinder made an additional $US1.5 billion on his stake.

Kinder accepts a $US1 per year base salary. The 69-year-old Texan already has an estimated networth of $10.1 billion, according to Forbes.

Adding $US1.5 billion to your net-worth is not a bad way to start a Monday.

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