John Mackey: Biography at a Glance

  • Co-Founder and CEO of the leading natural and organic grocery and $17 billion Fortune 500 company, Whole Foods Market
  • Author of The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Conscious Capitalism
  • Named Ernst & Young's "United States Entrepreneur of the Year," Institutional Investor's "Best CEO in America," Barron's "World's Best CEO" and Fortune's "Businessperson of the Year" and one of "The World's 50 Greatest Leaders"
  • Founded Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations and launched the Local Producer Loan Program to help local farmers expand their business

 

Co-Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Market

John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $17 billion Fortune 500 company. With more than 490 stores and 94,000 Team Members in three countries, the company has been named by Fortune magazine as a “Best Company to Work For” for 20 consecutive years and the Number One Most Admired Food and Drug Store Company in the World in 2012 and 2014.

While devoting his career to helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. He was the visionary for Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations, the Local Producer Loan Program to help local food producers expand their businesses, the Global Animal Partnership’s rating scale for humane farm animal treatment, and the Health Starts Here initiative to promote health and wellness.

Mackey has been recognized as one of Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Winner for the United States,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” Fortune’s “Businessperson of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO.”

A strong believer in free market principles, Mackey co-founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement and co-authored a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book entitled Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (Harvard Business Review Press 2013) to boldly defend and reimagine capitalism, and encourage a way of doing business that is grounded in ethical consciousness. Mackey cut his pay to $1 in 2006 and continues to work for Whole Foods Market out of passion to see the business realize its potential for deeper purpose, for the joy of leading a great company and to answer the call to service that he feels in his heart.

Mackey cut his pay to $1 in 2006 and continues to work for Whole Foods Market out of a passion to see the business realize its potential for deeper purpose, for the joy of leading a great company, and to answer the call to service he feels in his heart.

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