Riley P. Bechtel

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Riley Bechtel
Born Riley Peart Bechtel[1]
(1952-03-25) March 25, 1952 (age 66)
Alameda County, CA, US
Residence Menlo Park, CA, US
Alma mater University of California, Davis Political Science & Psychology
Stanford University
Occupation Chairman of Bechtel Corporation
Net worth $3.9 billion (February 2015)[2]
Spouse(s) Susie
Children 3

Riley Peart Bechtel (CBE) (born March 25, 1952)[1] is an American heir and businessman. He serves as the Chairman of the Bechtel Corporation.[3][4]


Early life

He is the great-grandson of Warren A. Bechtel, the founder of the company. His parents are Elizabeth Hogan and Stephen Bechtel, Jr., the former chairman and CEO of the company.[5] He received a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of California, Davis and a JD/MBA from Stanford University in 1977.[4] He was admitted to the State Bar of California in November 1979 and the American Bar Association.[4]


He worked for the law firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges.[4] He joined Bechtel full-time in 1981, was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in March 1989.[4] He became CEO in June 1990.[4] In January 1996 he also became Chairman of Bechtel.[4]

He sits on the Boards of Directors of the International Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (since 1995), the Fremont Group (owned by the Bechtel corporation), the Fremont Group (which in turn runs Trinity Ventures, LP), Fremont Investors, Inc. (owned by the Bechtel corporation), and Sequoia Ventures, Inc. (limited partner of Bechtel corporation).[4] He is a board member of Theranos, a Silicon Valley biotech company.[6]

He is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the American Society of Corporate Executives, The Business Council, the Business Roundtable and the National Petroleum Council.[4] He sits on the Corporate Council of the Conservation Fund and the Board of Trustees of the Ocean Exploration Trust.[4] He also sits on the Governing Board of the Indian School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, Stanford Law School Dean’s Advisory Council, and UC Davis' Board of Visitors.[4] He was appointed to the President's Export Council by George W. Bush. In 1998, he and his father Stephen, Jr., were presented with the Honor Award from the National Building Museum for their company's contributions to America's built environment.[7] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.[3][4] He is also an Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and an Honorary Lifetime member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.[4]

Personal life

He resides in California with his wife Susan. He is a member of the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club, as well as the all-male Bohemian Club in San Francisco and attends its annual encampment, the Bohemian Grove.[citation needed] With an estimated worth of over $5.5 billion, he 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.[8] In February 2014, Mr Bechtel announced that, after 25 years, he was stepping down as the Chief Executive Officer of Bechtel Corporation because of health reasons associated with Parkinson's disease.[9]


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  7. National Building Museum
  8. Forbes #50, Bechtel, Riley P
  9. Engineering News-Record