Phil Knight BioReal Name:
Philip Hampson "Buck" knightProfession:
Personal LifeDate of Birth :
24 February 1938Age (as in 2019) :
80 Years Birthplace :
Portland, Oregon, United States Zodiac sign :
Cleveland High School (Portland, Oregon)University:
University of OregonNet Worth :
William W. KnightMother:
Lota Hatfield KnightSiblings:
Jeanne Knight, Joanne KnightMarital Status :
Travis Knight (13 September 1973), Matthew Knight
Physical Stats & MoreHeight (approx.) :
180 cm (in centimeters), 1.80 m, 6’ 0” (in feet inches)
Phil Knight Wiki
Phil Knight is an American Business magnate, and the co-founder and chairman of Nike Incorporation, which is the largest supplier of athlete shoe and apparel. He has also dubbed as the ‘most powerful person in sports’ by Sports Illustrated, because of his influence towards sports. He is ranked as the 28th richest on of the earth by Forbes and his net worth is reported to be US $35 billion as of year 2018.
Phil Knight was born as Philip Hampson Knight on February 24, 1938 in Portland, Oregon. His father William W. Knight was a lawyer and later on he became newspaper publisher and his mother Lota was a home maker. Knight went on to attend ‘Cleveland High School’ in Portland and later on he was enrolled to ‘University of Oregon’, he was graduated in year 1959 and earned journalism degree. He also attended ‘Graduate School of Business’ at Stanford University, he was graduated with a MBA degree in year 1962.
Phil Knight, was very much interested in starting a business of running shoes, after completing his education, he also visited Japan in year 1962 to discover high quality shoes, he was impressed with Tiger brand running shoes, which were manufactured by Onitsuka Co., Knight immediately made a contract with the company. In year 1971, Phil Knight and his friend Bowerman started his own company ‘Nike’. Phill Knight was a former athlete aspired to design products that the world’s top athletes would like to use. He made acquaintances with Olympic track athletes, such as the long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine, hoping he would influence others to try his products. Nike’s model of shoe, the Cortez, debuted at the 1972 Olympic trials and proved to be highly profitable. In 1990s, Nike expanded its business and stepped out into hockey, golf, and soccer apparel. Their expansion strategy proves to be successful. Knight resigned as the CEO of Nike in November 2004 and continued as the chairman of the board.
Phil Knight is a married man; he is married to a woman named Penelope Penny Sparks. The couple together has four children, one of theirs son died in diving accident in year 2004.
Being an active philanthropist Knight has donated millions of bucks to various institutions, which includes American Business School, OHSU Cancer institute and etc.
As per information available on web sources, Phil Knight’s net worth is reported to be $35 billion.