Candice Cline is a coal heiress and the oldest child of Christopher Cline, the billionaire coal tycoon who died in a helicopter crash.
Candice’s father was known for reviving Illinois’s mining industry and making a fortune doing it. Candice’s billionaire father was killed along Candice’s younger sister and five others after the helicopter crashed off the coast of the Bahamas as it was flying back to the United States.
The helicopter had seven people aboard, all of whom died, according to CBS News. The victims included three men and four women, according to the Associated Press.
Chris Cline was married twice and had two sons and two daughters. Check out Candice Cline’s top facts.
#1 Candice’s father founded the Cline Group
Chris Cline, a native of Beckley, West Virginia, began working in the state’s coal mines at age 22, and later bet big on high-sulfur coal reserves in Illinois.
He later founded the Cline Group and Foresight Energy, both in the mining and energy industries. In 2015, he sold a stake in the latter for $1.4 billion, according to Forbes.
#2 The crash occurred one day before her father’s 61st birthday
Chris woul’ve turned 61 on Friday, July 5th. The group had set out for Florida because of a possible illness of someone on board, according to the Beckley Register-Herald, citing friends’ accounts.
#3 Her father is remembered as a giving man
Chris was a coal industry billionaire, Republican donor and philanthropist. He was a major donor to leading Republican politicians, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and President Donald Trump, the Times reported.
Cline also donated extensively to his alma mater Marshall University. Supreme Court Justice Evan Jenkins wrote about Cline “His selfless and generous support for programs and projects throughout the state improved the lives of countless West Virginians”
#4 Candice’s mother died of cancer
Candice’s father was married twice. His first wife was named Sabrina, and she died of cancer in 1987.
An obituary for Sabrina’s father indicates that only Candice was her daughter with Chris Cline.
#5 Candice Cline is one of four kids
Candice’s father fathered two sons and two daughters. According to Forbes, Cline’s children are all adults. His first wife was named Sabrina, died in 1987. His second wife was named Kelly, and they were married from 1993 to 2000. He has a daughter named Kameron Cline and two sons named Christopher and Alex in addition to Candice.
#6 Candice Cline studied real estate
According to her social media, Candice studied Real estate at University of Georgia. She was originally from Beckley, West Virginia and has been living in Charleston, South Carolina.
#7 Her father named a coal mine after her
According to Forbes, Cline named one of his coal mines after his daughter, Candice.
#8 She is married and is a mom
In 2012, Candice Cline and James Graham Kenan -became husband and wife. Their wedding was featured on charlestonweddingsmag.com. James graduated from Charleston School of Law and proposed on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Candice and husband James Kenan welcomed twin boys in 2016.
#9 Her younger sister was also killed in the crash
Candice’s younger sister Kameron was among the seven victims on the submerged aircraft, reports say.
#10 Candice runs the family foundation
At the time of her wedding, she was described as the director of a private foundation (she’s listed as running the Cline Family Foundation.)