Bettye Bohannon: Facts about J. Howard Marshall’s wife

Bettye Bohannon
Anna Nicole and Marschall

Bettye Bohannon was the ex-wife of J. Howard Marshall. Bettye Bohannon’s ex-husband Marshall was an American billionaire businessman, academic, lawyer, and government official. He was involved with and invested in the petroleum industry via academic, government, and commercial endeavors. He owned 16% of Koch Industries.

Before Marshall got married to Bohannon, He was married to Eleanor Pierce in 1931 and divorced in 1961. They had two sons together: J. Howard Marshall III (born February 6, 1936) and E. Pierce Marshall (January 12, 1939 – June 20, 2006).

Bettye Bohannon is the second woman the billionaire got married to. How did they meet and started their relationship? The couple has not disclosed any information regarding the circumstances under which they meet and started dating which lead to their marriage.

However, the couple got married in 1961. They got married in a beautiful ceremony in the presence of their friends, family, and loved ones. Sadly Bettye Bohannon passed way from from Alzheimer’s disease in 1991. The were married for 30 years before the tragedy striked.

Before Bettye Bohannon’s death, 1982, her husband Marshall met “Lady” Diane Walker at a strip club and offered to marry her if his wife Betty, who had Alzheimer’s disease, were to die. Over several years, Marshall gave Walker $15 million worth of jewelry and other gifts.

Walker died in 1991 at age 51 due to complications from facelift surgery. The gifts became subject to scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service since gift taxes were not paid; Marshall claimed that the gifts were instead “consulting fees”.

In 1994, at the age of 89, Marschall got married to 26-year-old model Anna Nicole Smith. Their marriage lasted until his death 14 months later. Bettye Bohannon’s Ex-husband J. Howard Marshall had a net worth of $2 Billion at the time of his death.

On August 4, 1995, Marshall died of pneumonia at age 90 in Houston, Texas. Following Marshall’s death, Anna Nicole Smith (who died on February 8, 2007) became involved in a court battle with her former stepson, E. Pierce Marshall (who died on June 20, 2006). J. Howard’s will and trust did not include Anna Nicole or J. Howard’s other son, J. Howard Marshall III. Anna Nicole and J. Howard III both sought to overturn the will and trust. In 2001, they both lost their cases during a six-month Texas state court jury trial.

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Bettye Bohannon’s Ex-husband J. Howard Marshall

In 1952, Bettye Bohannon’s Ex-husband Marshall co-founded Great Northern Oil, which, in 1955, built an oil refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota that could refine heavy, sour Canadian crude oil. In 1959, Fred Koch acquired a 35% interest in Great Northern Oil for $5 million. 

Union Oil acquired a majority interest in Great Northern and attempted to take over the company, but Marshall and Koch, who wanted to keep their assets in private hands, blocked the takeover. In 1969, after buying out Union Oil, Charles Koch, who shared a similar business philosophy with Marshall, swapped a stake in Koch Industries for the rest of Marshall’s shares in Great Northern Oil.

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Kennedy Gedzah is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-KNUST (2018). He is the Owner and has been the lead content creator at Dicytrends.com since 2020. His Passion for providing people with credible and well-researched information on the internet led him to build Dicytrends.com. With more than 5 years of experience in blogging and writing, he has amassed sufficient knowledge on various topics, including biographies, fashion and lifestyles, Entertainment, and more. You can contact him via email: Kgedzah@gmail.com

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