Chris Cline Biography, Age, Parents, Wife, Cause of Death, Mine Games, Coal And Net Worth

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Chris Cline Biography

Chris Cline born Christopher Cline was an American billionaire mining entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was the majority owner of privately-held Foresight Reserves LP, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri as of March 2013. He was regarded by Bloomberg as the “New King Coal”. He was also considered to have been responsible for reviving the Illinois coal industry. Cline’s company has more than three billion tons of coal reserves across Illinois and the Northern Appalachians. He died in a helicoptercrash In Abaco.

Chris Cline Age

Chris was born on July 5, 1958 in Isaban, West Virginia and died on July 4, 2019 when he was 60 years old.

Chris Cline Family | Chris Cline Parents

Chris is the son of Paul his mother’s name is still unknown. His grandfather mined for coal with a pickax around Beckley, West Virginia in the early 20th century. When Chris was six years his father, Paul, asked him to fill a paper bag with dirt, paying him a penny for each bag. Chris dug the dirt from under the porch of their bungalow in Isaban, West Virginia. His father used the dirt bags in mine-blasting. Within two years, their porch had collapsed. According to Cline, his father had told him to “support the roof better”. Cline’s father bought out his partner then gave the shares to Cline, who was then 21 years old in 1980. During that  time, he was studying psychology at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

Chris Cline Wife

In 1987 breast cancer claimed Cline’s first wife, Sabrina. In 1993 he remarried, however the relationship with his second wife, Kelly, ended in divorce in 2000. Chris has two sons and two daughters.  He owned a 33,413-square-foot (3,104.2 m2) mansion in North Palm Beach, Florida, and a home in his native Beckley, West Virginia, where his 150-acre (0.61 km2) property contains a lake, a go-kart track and pastures for his horses, goats and llamas.

Aspiring actor Vivek Shah was arrested for the attempted extortion of Chris Cline, Harvey Weinstein, and three other unnamed individuals on August 20, 2012.  Shah threatened to kill members of Cline’s family if $13 million was not wired to an offshore bank account on or around June 26, 2012. A seven-count felony indictment against Shah was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles during the last week in September 2012, and in 2013 he was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Chris Cline Children | Chris Cline Kameron Cline

Chris has four children two sons Alex L. Cline and Christopher L. Cline and two daughters Kameron N. Cline and Candice L. Cline. His daughter Kameron Cline, a recent college graduate and Cline’s younger of two daughters, also perished in the helicopter, according to a tweet from a West Virginia politician. The helicopter, according to AP, went down two miles from private islands that Cline owned called Big Grand Cay. Two of Kameron’s sorority sisters at LSU  Brittney Searson and Jillian Clark  died on the helicopter with her, according to and the Palm Beach Post.

Chris Cline Death

Chris died in a helicopter crash on July 4, 2019 in Abaco, just a day before his 61st birthday.

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Chris Cline Mine Games

Chris was the owner of  the 205-foot (62 m) luxury yacht Mine Games. Mine Games has five staterooms and has its own submarine. It was designed and built by Gulf Coast-based Trinity Yachts, owned by entrepreneur and philanthropist Felix Sabates.

Chris Cline Coal

Illinois holds a 250-year supply of coal, providing the state with the largest recoverable coal reserve in the United States. The state’s coal industry is valued at almost $1 billion, with coal mining operations across 12 counties. One pound of Illinois coal, described as bituminous, can produce one kilowatt-hour of electricity. Chris, spending $300 million on mining rights and equipment in Illinois, had foreseen that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would require power plants to use scrubbers in removing pollutants. Illinois coal has too much sulfur to be safely burned by most power plants.

Foresight Energy built its Williamson longwall mining operation south of West Frankfort in Illinois in 2005.  At last, the coal mining division of the Chris Group acquired Exxonmobil’s Monterey No. 1 mine, and developed Sugar Camp, Hillsboro, and the Macoupin complex.

In 2008 the SNL Financial reported that Deer Run coal mine in Montgomery County, Illinois, a project of Cline’s Hillsboro Energy LLC, would produce up to 8 million tons annually until 2016. In the same report, representatives for Chris said that he was aiming for an annual coal production of 60 million tons from Illinois alone.

Illinois environmental groups, and landowners, have attempted to block Cline’s coal mine permitting and also sought to draw attention to his local political contributions.

Chris stated that humankind will benefit more from cheap and abundant energy than from overreacting to what he calls minimal increases so far in atmospheric CO2 and the level of the world’s oceans. During an interview with Bloomberg, he said “As far as the social acceptability of coal, I like to think I’m part of supplying the cheapest energy in America.”

Chris Cline Net Worth

Chris had an estimated Net worth of  US$1.9 billion.

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