Reuters Focus: Aubrey McClendon


On March 2, 2016 Aubrey McClendon, former chief executive officer of Chesapeake Energy Corp and a legend in the U.S. energy industry, died in a car crash a day after he was charged with conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in Oklahoma.

The indictment followed a nearly four-year federal antitrust probe that began after a 2012 Reuters investigation found that Chesapeake had discussed with a rival how to suppress land lease prices in Michigan during a shale-drilling boom.

The following stories are highlights of our coverage of McClendon and Chesapeake.

Chesapeake Energy Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon (C), co-owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder, cheers during Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals against the Miami Heat in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in this June 12, 2012 file photo. To match AUBREY-MCCLENDON/SPECIALREPORT REUTERS/Mike Stone/Files

A flawed visionary, McClendon ignited shale revolution, courted controversy

Aubrey McClendon was often compared to the titans of American commerce - an Andrew Mellon or John Rockefeller of his time. But his final years, and hours, were marked by controversy.  Full Article 

Firefighters view a car wreck in which Chesapeake Energy Corp co-founder Aubrey McClendon died, one day after a federal indictment, in Oklahoma City, March 2, 2016. REUTERS/KWTV Skynews 9HD

Energy pioneer McClendon dies in fiery car crash, a day after indictment

Former Chesapeake Energy Chief Executive Aubrey McClendon, a brash risk-taker who helped transform the U.S. energy industry with shale gas, died when his car slammed into an overpass, one day after being charged with breaking federal antitrust laws, police said. He was 56.  Full Article 


Special Report: Chesapeake CEO took $1.1 billion in shrouded personal loans

Aubrey K. McClendon is one of the most successful energy entrepreneurs of recent decades. But he hasn't always proved popular with shareholders of the company he co-founded, Chesapeake Energy Corp., the second-largest natural gas producer in the United States.  Full Article 


Special Report: Chesapeake's deepest well: Wall Street

Far from the drilling rigs of Oklahoma, America's second-largest natural gas producer is having to dig ever deeper into the well that really fueled its growth: Wall Street.  Full Article 


Special Report: Inside Chesapeake, CEO ran $200 million hedge fund

As chairman and CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp, Aubrey McClendon has been a powerhouse in the vast U.S. natural gas market, directing the company's multibillion dollar energy-trading operation and setting output targets for America's second-largest producer.  Full Article 


Special Report: Chesapeake and rival plotted to suppress land prices

Under the direction of CEO Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake Energy Corp. plotted with its top competitor to suppress land prices in one of America's most promising oil and gas plays, a Reuters investigation has found.  Full Article 


Special Report: The casualties of Chesapeake's "land grab" across America

Ranjana Bhandari and her husband knew the natural gas beneath their ranch-style home in Arlington, Texas, could be worth a lot - especially when they got offer after offer from Chesapeake Energy Corp.  Full Article 

Chesapeake Energy Corporation's 50 acre campus is seen in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 17, 2012. Aubrey McClendon, 53, endured a trying year running the second-largest natural gas producer in the United States, Chesapeake Energy Corp. But as corporate, state and federal probes into McClendon and the company continue, 2013 isn't looking much easier. REUTERS/Steve Sisney/Files

Special Report: Chesapeake, McClendon endure rocky year; more uncertainty ahead

The stock price of his energy company is down nearly 30 percent. The board stripped him of his chairmanship amid scandal. Today, his estimated billion-dollar personal fortune has shrunk by more than half.  Full Article 



How the Chesapeake crisis unfolded – Reuters Investigates

Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon will lose his chairmanship after a series of Reuters’ exclusives unearthed questionable business practices. Here is a timeline. (May 4, 2012)  Video