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  • Co-founder and Chairman of Nike Inc.
  • Born February 24, 1938 in Portland, Oregon.
  • Graduated from the University of Oregon and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
  • Donated hundreds of millions of dollars to all different schools, and has given the largest donation anyone has ever given to Stanfords business school.
  • Started business by selling Japanese sneakers from the back of his car.
  • He's the 23rd richest person in the U.S making an estimated 11.1 billion dollars each year.
  • He was a publisher of the Oregon Journal, they are no longer open.
 Phil Knight is a very intelligent man with some great ideas. First, Knight started selling shoes from the trunk in the back of his car. Then 40 years later he is one the most richest guys alive with one of the most popular sports business's around. In the 1980s and 1990s Phil signed some HUGE advertisement contracts that changed the rules of sports marketing. He started creating high-performance sports gear that all the kids wanted. After all of the business he started recieving, he then hired outsiders to oversee financial situations and appareal lines. He devoted himself to his work and tried his very best to do what he could to recieve as much business and happy customers. Every detail mattered to him and he gave it his all. This past year Nikes earnings have gone up 27% from the previous year and sales have gone up 15%. Last Novemeber Knight hired 57 year old William Perez as the CEO. Perez was the former chief of S.C Johnson & Son Inc. Knight is now making sure that Perez can make the best of Nike veterans.

He married Pennelope Parks, in 1968. They have 2 children together, Matthew and Travis. They also had a foster daughter.
He was given the nickname "Buck" because he was too small to compete in contact sports, for that reason he became a runner.
He was on the track team at Oregon University. His coach was Bob Bowerman, who later on helped his Nike shoes.external image phknight.jpgNike was founded as Blue Ribbon Sports in 1964, than they later changed there name to Nike in 1978.Nike has majorly impacted society! They have in both posotive and negative ways.