12/22/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Phillip Anschutz Gets 'Biggest Payday Of His Life'

Philip Anschutz has reason to shout. His holding company has just sold its oil and gas fields in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania and the Bakken Shale of North Dakota for roughly $3 billion--the biggest payday of his life.

But you won't hear a peep from the 70-year-old billionaire. Over the decades he has built fortunes from oilfields (Anschutz Exploration Co.), railroads (Southern Pacific), telecom (Qwest Communications), sports teams, movie making (The Chronicles of Narnia) and most recently concerts and arenas (AEG). He has crowed publicly about none of them earning him a reputation as one of the most secretive moguls in America.

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