These Billionaires Are Backing Ron DeSantis in Texas

Ash Jurberg

DeSantis has several prominent business people attending his events in Texas next week.
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As reported yesterday, Florida Governor and Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis is returning to Texas next week to raise funds.

DeSantis will be hosting a range of prominent Republicans and Texan billionaires as he hopes to defeat former President Donald Trump to win the GOP nomination.

He will be in Texas from June 7-9 to host fundraising events in Midland, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, The Woodlands, and Austin, and DeSantis has recruited some heavy hitters to attend these events with him and show their support.

Let's take a look at some of the names.

  • S Javaid Anwar

Anwar was the biggest individual donor to Greg Abbott in his 2022 election campaign for Texas Governor, donating $3.313 million to Abbott. Anwar is the owner and president of Midland Energy, Inc., Petroplex Energy, Inc., and Western T. Corporation.

Given Anwar is a significant supporter of Abbott, could this be a sign the Texas Governor has ruled out running for President?

  • Kenny Trout

Trout founded Excel Communications, a Texas-based telecommunications company that offered long-distance phone service. He became a billionaire when he sold the business.

  • Jay Adair

Adair is the CEO of Dallas-based Copart, a leader in online auctions for used and totaled cars. He is worth $1.5 billion.

  • Clive Fields

Fields, a Houston doctor, has already contributed $500,000 to Ron DeSantis this year.

  • Harold Hamm

Hamm founded Continental Resources, which is now one of the country's biggest independent oil companies and has a net worth of $18.5 billion.

  • Richard Weekley

Richard Weekley co-founded Weekley Homes with his brother, David Weekley. He contributed over $5.7 million to Republican PACs and candidates in the 2022 election.

Some of these men supported Trump in previous campaigns but appear to have aligned themselves with DeSantis for 2024.

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