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Raymond Tusk
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Name: Raymond Alan Tusk
Status: Incarcerated
Age: 67
Date of birth: March 19, 1947
Birthplace: United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Residence(s): St. Louis
Marital status: Married
Spouse(s): Jean Tusk
Played by: Gerald McRaney
Seasons: 1, 2
First episode: Chapter 12
Appears in: 2 seasons, 14 episodes

Raymond Alan Tusk is a billionaire industrialist who specializes in nuclear power and owns several nuclear power plants. He is also a close friend & éminence grise of president Garret Walker.

Early lifeEdit

Raymond Tusk was born to a middle class family of steel workers. 

Education and early careerEdit

After getting a mechanical engineering degree from the Carnegie Mellon University in 1970, Raymond Tusk went on to work in the power generation division of General Dynamics. Within 3 years, Tusk was promoted to junior project manager.

Tusk then left General Dynamics to attend University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. While exposed to world class business executives and professors at Wharton, Tusk became increasingly interested in the realm of investment banking and private equity. With an MBA from Wharton, and a strong technical background in mechanical engineering, Tusk set out on a new path that would one day allow him to build a global firm similar to that of his former employer, General Dynamics.


The Rise of Raymond TuskEdit

From 1976 until 1980 Tusk worked for Kravis, Kohlberg & Roberts (KKR), the infamous firm that essentially pioneered the business of private equity and leveraged buyouts. KKR helped Tusk develop the strategic abilities he would need to one day be at the helm of North America's largest nuclear energy conglomerate.

In 1980, Tusk left KKR, and with the help of contacts he had met in the industry, launched an LBO of his own. His target: Clayton West, a distressed mid-cap energy firm specializing in coal and natural gas. The firm was a victim of terrible management and irresponsible oversight. Upon buying out the remaining shareholders, Tusk replaced the board, taking command as the firm's new CEO.

Over the course of the next 20 years, Tusk expanded the business on a massive scale. As the firm's earnings grew, Tusk borrowed on a serial basis. He began acquiring any competition he could find, and at any cost. If the target of his takeover did not accept his tender offer, a hostile takeover ensued instead.

By 1990, Tusk had increased Clayton West's market cap from US$450 million to over 12.5 billion. The 1990s brought on increased activism from environmentalists and as a result, further scrutiny against coal producers like Clayton West. Tusk decided that rather than preserve his coal business in the short-term, he would steer Clayton West towards the future of energy, nuclear power and fission power research. Clayton West divested itself from coal exploration and sold off all it's dirty energy arms. In combination with a massive issue of debt, the revenue generated by the firm's liquidation of countless coal divisions provided Tusk with enough cash to launch a full scale switch to nuclear power. Beginning with power plants in the Midwest, Tusk began building his energy empire as never before.

At the turn of the century, Clayton West expanded its nuclear business to Asian markets, a region that relied heavily on smog inducing coal power. China was the primary, and largest project of the firm's global expansion. China was also in the middle of political revolution, from communist ideals to managed capitalism. The Chinese's government's exit from business provided the conditions for Clayton West to secure a dominant market share in China's infant, but exponentially growing public economy.

By 2005, Clayton West's market cap had increased to an astounding US$90 billion, 30% of which was owned by well grounded CEO, Raymond Tusk.

In 2013 and with the 20-yr veteran Tusk at the head, Clayton West reached a market cap of US$150 billion USD, making it the largest nuclear power producer in history. As of 2014, Raymond Tusk has an estimated net worth of US$42.5 billion. 

Behind the ScenesEdit

Raymond Tusk was portrayed by Gerald McRaney in Seasons 1 and 2 of House of Cards.


Season 1
"Chapter 1" "Chapter 2" "Chapter 3" "Chapter 4" "Chapter 5"
"Chapter 6" "Chapter 7" "Chapter 8" "Chapter 9" "Chapter 10"
"Chapter 11" "Chapter 12" "Chapter 13"
Season 2
"Chapter 14" "Chapter 15" "Chapter 16" "Chapter 17" "Chapter 18"
"Chapter 19" "Chapter 20" "Chapter 21" "Chapter 22" "Chapter 23"
"Chapter 24" "Chapter 25" "Chapter 26"

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