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At A Glance
  • Co-Founder and CEO of the leading natural and organic grocery and $14 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 co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer to a $15.7 billion Fortune 500 company with more than 460 stores and 88,000 team members across the U.S., Canada and U.K. The company has been included on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 18 consecutive years.

While devoting his career to providing customers with quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business.

Among Mackey’s visionary organizations and initiatives are the 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 Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year,” 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 "World's 50 Greatest Leaders," 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 bestselling book "Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business" 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.

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