In matters of business, T. Boone Pickens is often ahead of his time. In romance, he is an old-school kind of guy—a marrying man. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Pickens and his girlfriend, Toni Brinker, gathered the bulk of their extended families at Boone’s Mesa Vista Ranch. On Saturday, they announced their engagement.
The couple plan to wed sometime early in 2014.
Toni is the widow of Dallas restaurant entrepreneur Norman Brinker, founder of Steak & Ale who had been, at various times, head of Jack in the Box, Burger King, Chili’s, Bennagin’s, as well as the venerable Brink’s coffee shop in Lakewood.
Last year, Boone was divorced from Madeleine Pickens following a seven-year marriage.