Phil Knight Biography and Net Worth
Phil Knight is an American famous multibillionaire, businessperson, and entrepreneur. Phil Knight founds an incredibly famous and well-known shoe company “Nike.” He is the CEO and co-founder of Nike. He also owns a Laika studio (a firm that makes stop- motion movies). Phil Knight controls twenty-four percent of the World’s largest sports and athletic sportswear. Knight has donated hundreds of millions of dollars, to each of his alma maters also he has donated over $2 billion to the three institutions.
|Net worth||$54.5 Billion|
|Full Name||Phil Hampson Knight|
|Profession||Entrepreneur and Businessperson|
Phil Knight Early and Personal Life
Famous businessperson Philip Hampson Knight was born in Portland, Oregon, on February 24, 1938. His parents are Lota Knight and Bill Knight. Knight was raised in the Portland, neighborhood of East Moreland and did his graduation from Cleveland High School. He had completed his higher education at the University of Oregon, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, worked as a sports reporter for the Oregon Daily Emerald, and was a middle-distance runner. He completed his degree in journalism from college in 1959.
Knight’s father owned the Oregon Journal, but he refused to give a job to Knight in his company. So, Knight joined the company of his father’s competitor “The Oregonian.” He married a woman named “Penny Knight” and the couple had three children named Mathew Knight, Travis Knight and Christiania Knight.
Phil Knight Career
After completion of his graduation from the University of Oregon, he got selected in the United States Army. He served one year of active duty and then seven years in the Army Reserve. Then he founded a shoe company “Nike,” and he was the co-founder and CEO of the company. He resigned as Nike’s CEO in November 2004, but he stayed on with the company as the chairman of the board. In June 2016, Knight officially retired from Nike’s board.
In addition to his work at Nike, Knight also had success in the animation studio Laika. His son Travis Knight started working with him in the studio. Eventually, Knight purchased a new studio name “Will Vinton Studios,” and in 2003 he branded the “Will Vinton Studios” under the new name Laika. The first stop-motion animated film made by Laika was “Coraline” (2009). Travis knight has been since promoted to be the CEO and president of Laika.
Phil Knight Awards and Achievements
- Knight has won the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement.
- In 2000, Knight was introduced to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame for his Special Contribution to Sports in Oregon.
- In 2012, he was introduced 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.
Phil Knight’s Net Worth
Phil Knight’s current net worth is $54.5 Billion. Phil Knight is the owner of a World known company that produces the best athletic shoes and sports clothing. He owns a house in Maddison Club, La Quinta house, and Hillsboro. He also owns his personal jet “Phil Knight Gulfstream G650.”
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|Eye Color||Light Blue|