Chris Cline was a self-made billionaire from Beckley, West Virginia who worked at a coal mine since the age 15. He later built an empire through the coal business and is listed among the Forbes 400, 2019. Sadly, on 4th of July, 2019, Chris passed away in the Bahamas due to the helicopter crash.
Chris Cline's Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children
Chris Cline was the father of four, who had been in a commitment of marriage for two times in his life. He first married Sabrina Cline. Sadly, Sabrina passed away on the 15 of October 1987 due to cancer.
Six years to Sabrina's death, in 1993, Chris tied the knot to Kelly Cline. The couple shared a very romantic time. They together widened the coal empire which placed him in the list of the wealthiest person in America. Dismally, the couple after being married for seven years, in 2000 divorced.
After the divorce, Cline dated Elin Nordegren, the ex-wife of Tiger Wood. They met at the mansion of $12 million in Florida right next door to one of Cline's many homes, which Nordegren had bought.
The couple mostly kept their relationship private. In 2012, however, they were seen together on a Haiti trip for a church mission. Despite having such a good connection, the couple broke up in 2014.
Cline was the father of four, Kameron N. Cline, Alex L. Cline, Candice L. Cline, and Christopher Cline. Kameron N. cline, tragically, also was one of the victims who passed in the helicopter crash on the 4th of June 2019.
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Besides his business, Chris was known for the humanitarian activities he conducted. The excellent personnel, however, had an unfortunate fate regarding family life.
Chris Cline's Death
The billionaire, Chris Cline's died a day before he turned 61 on the 4th of July, 2019. He along with six more passengers while returning from Grand Cay island in the Bahamas due to the helicopter crash.
The investigation regarding this matter has just begun. The authorities mentioned the investigation process may take months or even years to complete.
Chris Cline’s Net Worth, Earnings, House, Property
Chris comes from a family who owned a small coal mining factory. He slowly grew the factory and built into the multi-national company. He took coal mining firm Foresight Energy public in 2014 and sold a controlling stake in 2015 for $1.4 billion cash. Making his net worth to $1.9 Billion.
Chris, under his name, had a plentiful number of properties including 3a 62 m (203 ft) $1.9 billion costing yacht named “mine games.”
Chris owns a property worth similar to Ann Carlson Khan's husband Shahid Khan. In addition to that, he also owns a 3,413 square-foot mansion in North Palm Beach, in his hometown of Beckley, he held 150 acres of land that features a lake, a go-kart track, and pastures for his horses, goats, and llamas. Along with the properties, Cline also created Trusts for His Four Children.
Cline Family Foundation, one of the empires he built, highly focuses on providing scholarships to students by supporting educational institutions and notable charitable organizations around the country and abroad.
As a philanthropist, Mr. Cline founded organizations to help the needy and helpless. And, one is the Cline Family Foundation which has been helping children receive highly specialized care and support at WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital. Not to mention, Cline was the one who founded Cline Family Foundation.
As of today, after Cline's death, Candice Kenan, his daughter has been leading the foundation. Other family foundations of the Cline family include The Thomas W, & Mary Sue Cline foundation and The Sharon Trew Cline Magraw Foundation.
Chris Cline: Quick Facts
- Chris Cline was born on the 5th of July 1958.
- He spent most of his life working on the coal mines and giving back to his hometown.
- Chris Cline passed away a day before he turned 61.
- In 1980 his father bought the company he had co-founded with a partner.
- His father gave the shares of the company to him while he was 21 years old.
- Chris operated more than 25 mining operations.
- He is known as the ‘New King Coal.’
- Cline is also a philanthropist.
- He donated $5 million to the School of Medicine and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
- He dropped out of Marshall University after briefly attending it.
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Chris Cline Affairs
First Affair with Elin Nordegren
Elin Nordegren is the ex-wife of Tiger Woods who has the net worth of $100 million through her modeling career.