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Chatting with Don Wolf

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Steve Toon
December 1, 2012

Over a 40-year stretch Don Wolf became an icon for starting or leading E&P companies, then parlaying the buy-build-sell model into successful exits. His crowning moment came in the $3.4-billion sale of Westport Resources Corp. to Kerr-McGee in 2006. Yet, by his own admission, he “stumbled” into the oil and gas business in 1965 when he was visiting his new in-laws in Calgary, just before college graduation, and took the opportunity to interview with Sun Oil Co.

Wolf was born in Wisconsin, where his grandparents, and then his parents, ran ...

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