Meet the Shalennials: CEOs Under 40 Making Millions in Texas Oil – Bloomberg

Cody Campbell and John Sellers, 36, have made over $500 million. Dozens more follow in their footsteps flipping oil leases.
By Kevin Crowley
September 12, 2018, 5:00 AM CDT

John Sellers and Cody Campbell are holding court one hot August evening in the corner of an oil-themed dive bar in Midland, Texas. After flying in on their private jet, they’re shaking hands, cracking jokes and talking deals with aspiring oilmen, contractors and land traders, almost all in their early 30s. A life-size, stuffed grizzly bear stands by a wall wearing a baseball cap embossed with: “Make Oil & Gas Great Again.”

It’s not hard to see why Sellers and Campbell are in such high demand in this hardscrabble city that has become the global center of the shale revolution. Over the past decade, they’ve bought and sold tens of thousands of oil leases in the Permian Basin, making deals blessed with a handshake in diners, on the hoods of trucks and in bars such as this.
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