Don Blankenship Net Worth
Don Blankenship net worth: Don Blankenship is an American businessman and coal magnate who has a net worth of $40 million. Don Blankenship was born in Stopover, Kentucky in November 1950. He served as the Chairman and CEO of the Massey Energy Company from 2000 until 2010. Blankenship was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2014 for conspiracy false statements, and securities fraud regarding the 29 miners that were killed in Massey's Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia and faces up to 30 years in prison. Blankenship was a financial backer of the Republican party. He was paid $17.8 million in 2009 which made him the highest paid person in the coal industry. In December 2015 he was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy and acquitted on felony charges regarding lying about safety procedures. Blankenship graduated from Marshall University and started in the coal industry in 1972.