The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation honors the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding business leaders in our state by celebrating and telling their stories. These stories, and the business “Legends” behind them, perpetuate the notion and ideal of the transformational business leader through their unparalleled commitment to enterprise, excellence and community. In addition to recognizing six extraordinary business leaders each year, the Texas Business Hall of Fame awards more than forty $15,000 awards to scholars and veterans who have demonstrated an early inclination for entrepreneurship and innovation, through its Future Legends Scholar & Veteran Award Program. This program is active in 24 universities throughout Texas. Both established and emerging leaders in the community are recognized at the annual Texas Business Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.
John Arnold, Founder of Centaurus Capital LP, an energy-focused, family office investment fund, also founded Arnold Ventures, a philanthropy dedicated to investing in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. Arnold also serves on the boards of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Civica, Inc. and The City Fund.
Fellow Houston inductee, Ric Campo has acted as Camden’s Chief Executive Officer since 1993. He has also sat on the Board of Directors of several organizations that focus on Houston’s economic development and quality of life, like Central Houston, Inc., Greater Houston Partnership, Baker Ripley, The Coalition for the Homeless, and more.
In addition to being the former owner of the Dallas Stars and Dallas Rangers, Dallas-based inductee Thomas O. Hicks is the Chairman, Founder and Partner of Hicks Holdings LLC. This family office owns and manages real estate, corporate assets and investments, and a private equity firm. Hicks served on the Board of Regents at The University of Texas and was instrumental in forming and getting legislative approval to establish UTIMCO, The University of Texas’ Investment Management Company, where he served as its first chairman.
Houstonian Jeffery D. Hildebrand is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Hilcorp Energy Company, Harvest Midstream Company and JDH Capital. Active in his community, Hildebrand serves on the boards of Central Houston, Inc., the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston Police Foundation, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Chairman of The University of Texas Investment Management Company and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
Paul W. Hobby is a Founding Partner of Genesis Park and GP Capital. His executive roles include Columbine JDS Systems, Alpheus Communications and Texas Monthly. Hobby has served as the Chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Texas General Services Commission.
Finally, Whitney Wolfe Herd is the Founder and CEO of Bumble, Inc., the parent company that operates Badoo, Fruitz, and Bumble, three of the world’s fastest-growing dating apps worldwide. Herd led Bumble’s IPO in 2021 as the youngest woman CEO to ever take a company public, and has repeatedly been recognized for her achievements. For example, being named in TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and Forbes “30 Under 30” list.
Presented by Texas Capital Bank, the annual Induction Dinner will be hosted in Houston at Hilton Americas on November 3, 2022. The dinner is preceded by a private awards luncheon, sponsored by Deloitte, for the Hall of Fame’s 2022 Scholar & Veteran Award recipients.