Meet Russell Gordy, one of Houston’s most powerful developers you’ve never heard of

Like many businesspeople in Houston, Russell Gordy’s roots can be traced back to oil and gas. Gordy, whose most recent project is developing a large mixed-use project in the Heights with Houston-based Midway Cos., grew up poor in northeast Houston. His K-12 education was held in the same building; he still remembers sitting as a senior in high school in the same classroom he’d occupied as a first grader. 

Gordy worked on offshore oil rigs during college — one of the best jobs you could get at that age, he said — and landed a job with Transco after college. He had a significant stint at Houston Oil & Minerals, now known as Walter Oil & Gas Corp., and found himself scooping up oil fields in the mid-80s during the savings and loans crash.

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