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A publicity-shy oilman and bachelor, Sid Richardson amassed a fortune estimated at $800 million. He was a confidant and adviser on oil matters to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He also helped persuade Dwight Eisenhower (also a Texan by birth) to seek the presidency. In his hometown of Fort Worth, Richardson’s collection of Western art, including paintings by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, is housed in its own museum. The Sid W. Richardson Foundation also gave $2 million to the University of Texas History of Science Collection.