Trisha Blake, FLW's president of marketing and the daughter of late FLW founder Irwin Jacobs, issued the following statement on the death of T. Boone Pickens, the famed Oklahoma energy industry tycoon who was an FLW investor.
"Boone was a force. I had the opportunity to know and befriend Boone through my father. Boone and my father shared the same great appetite for fast-paced Wall Street, which grew into a friendship through the decades. Fishing was another common passion for Boone and my father. Boone hosted us at his ranch in Texas on multiple occasions where we fished and many old stories of Wall Street days were shared. Boone took a special interest in FLW and after many discussions about the sport and the FLW organization, he decided he’d like to be a part of it.
"Boone was a force, and he will be sorely missed by all of those he touched."
Joe Opager, FLW's director of public relations, confirmed that Pickens held a stake in the organization at the time of his death, but details would not be revealed publicly.