Speaker Phil Knight’s Accomplishments Include…
Phil Knight is an American business magnate and philanthropist. A native of Oregon, he is the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, Inc., and has previously served as chairman and CEO of the company. In November 2015, Forbes named Knight the 15th richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$28.1 billion. He is also the owner of the stop motion film production company Laika ,the creator of iconic and stylish films Coraline (2009) and Kubo and the Two Strings(2016).
Knight is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB). He ran track under coach Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon, with whom he would later co-found Nike.
Dubbed the “most powerful person in sports” by ‘Sports Illustrated’, Knight is neither a sportsman nor the owner of a sports team, but his influence on the world of sports has been tremendous. In 2000, Knight was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame for his Special Contribution to Sports in Oregon. In 2012, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor for being the driving force behind Nike’s huge financial support of U.S. basketball and its players.
A prolific philanthropist, Knight has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to each of his Alma Maters, as well as Oregon Health & Science University. In total, he has donated over $2 billion to the three institutions.
In late 2015, Phil Knight announced that he was writing a book about his early days with the Nike brand. The memoir is titled “Shoe Dog” and was released on April 26, 2016. It is about the difficult times he went through to build the Nike brand, from importing Japanese shoes to being part of a federal investigation.