Adam - Jeff doesn't need any help: he was making a very nice profit at $30/bbl before the boom from those old fields others had given up on. Bought West Ranch and a number of other Greta Sand fields in the trend on the cheap back in the 90's. A bit of his history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffery_Hildebrand
Smart, lucky, successful, stinking rich and generous. From Dec 2015:
It's the continuation of a tradition at Hilcorp, owned by billionaire Jeffery Hildebrand. Five years ago, when Hilcorp achieved its goal of doubling its oil and gas production, Hildebrand gave every employee the choice of $35,000 cash or $50,000 towards a new car. This year, despite the downturn, Hilcorp doubled its output again, to more than 150,000 barrels per day. So Hildebrand doubled the bonus — to $100,000. With about 1,400 employees, Hildebrand’s largesse will total more than $100 million (amounts are said to be prorated depending on how much of the past five years a worker was with the company).
Yes Hildebrand, 56, has been generous with his workers, but they have helped him make an incredible amount of money — $5.9 billion by FORBES’ latest count. (But we probably ought to knock that down to $5.8 billion after these bonuses.) His fortune has about trebled since the last big bonus in 2010.