He is an outspoken advocate for natural gas as a cleaner and safer alternative to oil and coal fuels. He was the highest-paid CEO of all S&P 500 companies in 2008, receiving a compensation package totaling $112 million.
In June 2012, in what Wall Street Journal writer David Benoit called an "historic revolt," Chesapeake Energy shareholders voted to repudiate McClendon's leadership and to re-incorporate the company in the state of Delaware, rather than in Oklahoma.|
McClendon is one of the nation’s 100 largest land owners according the magazine Land Report.
He is also noted for his philanthropic "generosity", having donated more than $75 million in the past 15 years to a variety of institutions ... that all bear his family name. Philanthropy is not philantrhopy when ego is involved.
In 2011, he was named "America's Most Reckless Billionaire" in a Forbes Magazine cover story.