Kenneth Lay

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Person.png Kenneth Lay  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornKenneth Lee Lay
April 15, 1942
Tyrone, Missouri, U.S.
DiedJuly 5, 2006 (Age 64)
Snowmass, Colorado, U.S.
Cause of death
"heart attack"
Children • Elizabeth Ayers Lay Vittore Mark Kenneth Lay
• Robyn Anne Herrold Lay Vermeil Todd David Herrold
• Robert Ray
• Herrold
SpouseLinda Lay Judith Ayers
Criminal convictions
10 counts of securities fraud
Founder ofEnron
Member ofEli Lilly, Enron

Kenneth Lee Lay was a close friend of the Bush family and the biggest donor to George H. W. Bush.[1][2] He may have escaped his prison sentence[3][4] by faking his death.[5]

Political involvement

Lay was a friend of the Bush family including former President George H. W. Bush. He made monetary contributions, led several committees in the Republican Party and was co-chairman of Bush's 1992 re-election committee.[6] As President, Lay flew Bush and his wife to Washington on an Enron corporate plane.[7] In December 2000, Lay was mentioned as a possible candidate for either United States Secretary of Energy or Secretary of the Treasury under George W. Bush.[8]

Lay additionally had friendly relations with the Republican politicians Gerald R. Ford, Dick Cheney, and James A. Baker III as well as the Democratic politicians Bill Clinton and Ann Richards. He encouraged John Ashcroft to campaign in the 2000 Republican Party presidential primaries, although this was partially to ensure him as a spoiler candidate to help Bush win the race.[9]


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