Head shot of Rich Kinder
  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Chair
  • Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Kinder Morgan

Rich Kinder is the co-founder and executive chairman of Kinder Morgan, one of the largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies in North America. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri and served in Vietnam as a captain in the U.S. Army. He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and is a life trustee and current chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. He is also chairman of the Kinder Foundation.

Kinder Morgan owns an interest in or operates approximately 84,000 miles of pipelines and 165 terminals. The company’s pipelines transport primarily natural gas, refined petroleum products, CO2 and crude oil and its terminals store, transfer and handle such products as gasoline, ethanol, coal, petroleum coke, and steel.

The Kinders established the Kinder Foundation in 1997 to support Greater Houston by providing transformational grants to promote urban green space, education and quality of life.

The Kinders are lifetime members of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research advisory board.