- In 1959 Lee 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 that paid off big.
- In early 2017 the four Bass brothers sold their oil company to ExxonMobil for $5.6 billion in stock. Future payouts could total another $1 billion.
- Bass owns El Coyote and La Paloma ranches in deep south Texas, where he raises longhorn cattle.