Riley Bechtel

About Riley Bechtel

Who is it?: former Chairman and CEO, Bechtel
Birth Day: March 25, 1952
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, United States
Residence: Menlo Park, CA, US
Alma mater: University of California, Davis Political Science & Psychology Stanford University
Occupation: Former chairman, Bechtel Corporation
Spouse(s): Susie
Children: 3

Riley Bechtel

Riley Bechtel was born on March 25, 1952 in San Francisco, California, United States, is former Chairman and CEO, Bechtel. Riley Bechtel ran Bechtel, his family's construction and engineering firm, from 1990 to 2014. He stepped down as CEO in 2014 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. His son Brendan is the current chairman and CEO and the fifth generation to run the company. Together, Riley and Brendan own an estimated 20% of the company; Riley continues to serve as a Bechtel board member. Bechtel is the company behind projects such as the Hoover Dam and San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. He sits on advisory council of Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Riley received a JD and MBA from Stanford in 1977.
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Popular As Riley Bechtel
Occupation Construction & Engineering
Age 71 years old
Zodiac Sign Aries
Born March 25, 1952 (San Francisco, California, United States)
Birthday March 25
Town/City San Francisco, California, United States
Nationality United States

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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. 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. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in November 1979 and the American Bar Association.


He worked for the law firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges. He joined Bechtel full-time in 1981, was elected President and chief operating officer in March 1989. He became CEO in June 1990. In January 1996 he also became chairman of Bechtel.


He sits on the board of Directors of the International Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (since 1995), the Fremont Group (owned by Bechtel Corporation), the Fremont Group (which in turn runs Trinity Ventures, LP), Fremont Investors, Inc. (owned by Bechtel Corporation), and Sequoia Ventures, Inc. (limited partner of Bechtel Corporation). He is a board member of Theranos.


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. He sits on the corporate council of the Conservation Fund and the Board of Trustees of the Ocean Exploration Trust. 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. He was appointed to the President's Export Council by George W. Bush. In 1998, he and his Father were presented with the Honor Award from the National Building Museum for their company's contributions to America's built environment. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. 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.


He resides in California with his wife Susan. He is a member of the Augusta National Golf Club, as well as the all-male Bohemian Club in San Francisco and attends its annual encampment, the Bohemian Grove. 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. In February 2014, Bechtel announced that, after 25 years, he was stepping down as CEO of Bechtel Corporation because of health reasons associated with Parkinson's disease.

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