Edward Bass

Edward Perry “Ed” Bass is an American businessman, financier, philanthropist and environmentalist who lives in Fort Worth, Texas. He financed the Biosphere 2 project, an artificial closed ecological system, which was built between 1987 and 1991.

  • In 1959 Edward Bass and his three brothers inherited $2.8 million each from oil tycoon uncle Sid Richardson.
  • The brothers parlayed their inheritance into multi-billion dollar fortunes with the help of bets on oil and pipelines that paid off big.
  • In early 2017 Bass and his three brothers sold their oil company to ExxonMobil for $5.6 billion in stock. Future payouts could total $1 billion.
  • In 2018 Bass pledged $160 million to refurbish the Peabody Museum at Yale University.