McClendon was smart, shrewd, visionary, and dogged—and he had trouble following rules. On occasion, when a gamble on a new gas field worked out, that helped him. But just as often, it hurt. His contrarian push into shale drilling revolutionized the global energy business and made him a billionaire. His disdain for convention attracted regulatory scrutiny, angered shareholders, and cost him his job running the company he built.
Why Colorado’s bow tie-wearing, tech-millionaire lawmaker is making his fellow Democrats nervous. Evveryone at the dinner party was talking about Jared Polis, who in Colorado political circles of late is discussed at least as much as the weather.