An independent review published in 2002
detailed how executives pocketed millions of dollars from complex, off-the-books partnerships while reporting inflated profits to shareholders.
1985 - Houston Natural Gas merges with Omaha-based InterNorth to form Enron.
1986 - Lay is appointed chairman and CEO of Enron.
1989 - Enron enters the natural gas commodities trading market.
1990 - Skilling, an energy consultant, is hired to run a new subsidiary called Enron Finance Corp.
August 2001 - Sherron Watkins, a vice president, warns Lay that the company could "implode in a wave of accounting scandals."
October 16, 2001 - Enron announces a third-quarter loss of $618 million. The company later reveals that it overstated earnings dating back to 1997.
November 9, 2001 - Enron confirms that it has agreed to be purchased by a rival company, Dynegy for $9 billion.
December 2, 2001 - Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
January 10, 2002 - Arthur Andersen LLP, the accounting firm that handled Enron's audits, discloses that its employees had destroyed company documents.
September 8, 2008 - A class action lawsuit filed by shareholders and investors is settled in federal court.
The $7.2 billion settlement will be paid out by a group of banks accused of participating in the accounting fraud scheme.
May 9, 2010 - "Enron," a Broadway musical about the company's collapse, closes on Broadway 12 days after opening amid slow ticket sales.