Bill Foley grew up on a cattle ranch in the Texas panhandle, where his family settled in the 1840s, and fondly remembers “hanging out on the ranch property with its wide open spaces, freedom and solitude.” After several years of looking at Montana ranches, Bill discovered Rock Creek Cattle Company and as soon as it became available in November of 2004 he acquired it.
Bill is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fidelity National Financial Corporation (NYSE: FNF), a publicly traded, Fortune 500 Company. A provider of title insurance, specialty insurance and claims management services, FNF was selected in 2004 by Forbes as one of the “26 Best Managed Companies in the U.S.” and has repeatedly been named to Fortune’s list of America’s Most Admired Companies, Forbes’ list of America’s Best Big Companies and selected for Barron’s list of Best Companies for Investors.
After receiving his B.S. degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Bill served in the U.S. Air Force, where he attained the rank of Captain. He received an M.B.A. degree from Seattle University and earned his J.D. degree in 1974 from The University of Washington School of Law. From 1974 to 1984, Bill practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona, and focused primarily on corporate and real estate law. Following his legal tenure, Bill became affiliated with FNF. Through strategic acquisitions, Bill helped FNF become one of the largest title insurance companies in the nation, as well as diversify into information services through the 2003 acquisition of ALLTEL Information Services, now Lender Processing Services (NYSE: LPS).
Bill generously devotes time to many educational and community organizations. He serves as an advisory board member for the University of Washington School of Law, the Florida Forum Advisory Board for Wolfson Children’s Hospital Women’s Board. Bill also serves Chapman University School of Law both as a member of the Dean’s Council and as an Endowed Chair of the William Foley Chair in Corporate Law & Taxation. In 1997, he was chosen as Orange County, California’s Business Person of The Year, honored with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s Semper Fidelis award and inducted into the Florida Council of Economic Education’s First Coast Business Hall of Fame in 2006.
Bill and his wife, Carol, are active philanthropists for many causes, especially those in support of children’s education. Bill also serves as a Trustee on the Boards of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. His additional professional directorships include Winter Sports, Inc. and Remy International, Inc.
Despite his numerous professional and philanthropic commitments, Bill is an accomplished golfer, who was ranked in 2004 by Golf Digest as one of top five executive golfers in the world. Bill also enjoys his time as a vintner and is the founder and managing partner of Foley Family Wines, headquartered in Sonoma, California. Most recently, Bill formed and serves as Chairman of Glacier Restaurant Group, LLC, the largest restaurant business headquartered in Whitefish, Montana.