Robert & MeiLi Hefner

MeiLi & Robert A. Hefner III are both business entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

Robert is a long time natural gas producer, a pioneer in ultra deep exploration and founder of The GHK Company in Oklahoma, a privately-owned natural gas and oil exploration and production company. From the late 1960's to the early 1980's, he led the technological innovation necessary for GHK to drill many of the world's deepest and highest pressure natural gas wells. Hefner is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London, a Fellow National in The Explorers Club, Member of the International Council at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and President of the Bradshaw Foundation. In 2009 Hefner’s groundbreaking book The Grand Energy Transition – GET was published by John Wiley & Sons, with a documentary based on the book released in 2012.

MeiLi was born in Singapore, of parents from Fujian and Guangzhou, China. She has a cosmopolitan background and has traveled and lived abroad extensively for much of her life. MeiLi oversees The Hefner Collection and the Robert & MeiLi Hefner Foundation among other projects and interests.