The man who helped shape the oil and gas industry of the 20th century, T. Boone Pickens, has decided to retire at 89.
“It’s no secret the past year has not been good to me, from a health perspective or a financial one,” he wrote in a letter he posted on LinkedIn on Friday. “Health-wise, I’m still recovering from a series of strokes I suffered late last year, and a major fall over the summer. If you are lucky enough to make it to 89 years of age like I have, those things tend to put life in perspective. It’s time to start making new plans and setting new priorities.”