Charif Souki is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the booming US liquefied natural gas export industry.

He built Cheniere Energy from the ground up and positioned it to be one of the nation’s largest LNG exporters. He then moved on to co-found Tellurian Energy, which has a similar goal but is yet to turn this new dream into reality.

Souki, now 69, was born in Egypt and moved to Lebanon before emigrating to the US.

He graduated from Colgate University in New York state, then spent time as a banker on Wall Street and as a restaurant magnate.