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Riley Bechtel
Born 1953
Residence San Francisco, CA, USA
Education University of California, Davis Politcal Science & Psychology
Stanford University JD * MBA
Occupation President, Chariman, and CEO of Bechtel Corporation
Net worth 5.5 billion USD
Spouse(s) Susie Bechtel
Children 3

Riley P. Bechtel (CBE) is the chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Corporation. He is the great-grandson of Warren A. Bechtel, the founder of the company. His father is Stephen Bechtel, Jr., the former chairman and CEO of the company. With a net worth of over $5.5 billion, Riley Bechtel is consistently ranked in the top 200 richest people in the U.S. and the top 500 richest people in the world by Forbes Magazine.[1]

He received a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of California, Davis. After obtaining his JD/MBA from Stanford University in 1977[2], Bechtel worked for the law firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges. He joined Bechtel full-time in 1981, was elected President and COO in March 1989, and became CEO in June 1990. In January 1996 he also became Chairman of Bechtel.

Mr. Bechtel is a director of the following companies:

  • The International Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (since 1995)
  • The Fremont Group (owned by the Bechtel corporation)
    • and The Fremont Group, in turn runs Trinity Ventures, LP
  • Fremont Investors, Inc. (owned by the Bechtel corporation)
  • Sequoia Ventures, Inc. (limited partner of Bechtel corporation)

He is also a member of the Trilateral Commission and has been appointed to the President's Export Council by George W. Bush.

Bechtel resides in California with his wife Susan. He is a member of the exclusive, all-male Bohemian Club in San Francisco and attends its annual encampment, the Bohemian Grove.

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