Why They’ve Earned Our Notice:
Previously unknown to much of the American public, Rex Tillerson rocketed into the spotlight after assuming his role as the 69th United States Secretary of State. The former CEO of ExxonMobil, he’s worked for many years as both a civil engineer and an energy executive. In the past, he’s also helped run the US-Russian oil company, Exxon Neftgaas, and awarded the Order of Friendship by President Putin for his work. In his free time, he volunteers to help the Ford’s Theater Society, Boy Scouts of America, the Congregational churches of America, and the United Negro College Fund. While he did not donate directly to Donald Trump’s campaign, he’s a staunch Republican and heavy supporter of conservative policies.
Rex Wayne Tillerson was born to Patty Sue and Bobby Joe Tillerson on March 23 of 1952. He spent many of his foundational years in Texas. While growing up, he joined and became highly active in the Boy Scouts of America. By the age of 13, he’d earned the honor of Eagle Scout. In an interview, he once said, “”I think the highlight of my youth and adolescent years were my achievements in Scouting.”. It’s been said that, to understand Tillerson, that one has to understand the principles of scouting. His favorite novel to-date is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.
Rex’s currently married to Renda St. Clair and the proud father of four children. He’s also the holder of a bachelor’s degree.