William O. DeWitt Jr. is the owner and Chairman of the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1979, along with Mercer Reynolds, he founded the investment firm Reynolds, DeWitt & Co. The firm owns Arby's franchises and is an investor in Cincinnati, Ohio based U.S. Playing Card Company. In 1984, one of DeWitt's business ventures, the oil company Spectrum 7, bought George W. Bush's Arbusto Energy, and in turn merged with Harken Energy in 1986. DeWitt also informed Bush that Eddie Chiles wanted to sell the Texas Rangers baseball franchise.He served on the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board during the George W. Bush administration, and his wife, Kathy, served on the National Council on the Arts.
His Father, Bill DeWitt, St. was GM and owner of the St. Louis Browns, who went on to become the Baltimore Orioles. Bill Jr.'s son William O. DeWitt III is the president of the Cardinals.