Daniel Steven Peña
August 10, 1945
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
|Education||San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN) (BS)|
Peña was raised in East Los Angeles, California.[unreliable source?] In 1971, he graduated San Fernando Valley State College School of Business Administration and Economics with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Peña began his career as a financial analyst on Wall Street. He went on to become president of Great Western Resources, Inc., a Houston-based oil company listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1984. In a move backed by shareholders, Peña was ousted as president of the company in 1992 and subsequently awarded $3.3 million by an American jury, for suing the company over his dismissal.
In 2017, the castle and estate manager employed by Peña at Guthrie Castle was found to have committed fraud by double or triple booking wedding facilities and paying the hire charges into their own account. Peña forgave the employee and covered the £130,000 stolen from clients.
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