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“Play to win, I may be over the top on this, but I just don’t want to like my competitors. I want my people to believe that whenever he and our other competitors succeed, we will be less able to do all the things we want to do”.
|Date of Birth||February24,1938|
|Source of Wealth||Nike|
|Education||University of Oregon, Stanford University|
Phil Knight made a special contribution to Sports in Oregon and was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in the year 2000.
In 2012, Phil Knight acted as a huge financial support for Nike and the U.S. basketball team by contributing into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
He expanded his business in 1990, having branched his product out into hockey, golf, and soccer apparel which benefitted him with more than $10 Billion in yearly sales before 1999.
Knight had initially teamed up with his former track coach, Bill Bowerman and the duo started their career by selling Japanese-made running shoes in America. It has grown up as one of the leading brands of sports apparel, Nike, with a net worth $26.2 Billion pushing its sales up to $28 Billion last year.
Phil Knight purchased a 29,000-square- foot private jet hangar for $7.6 Million. It is parked at Hillsboro Airport near Portland.
Phil Knight purchased his retirement home in La Quinta, California which is spread over 30,000 Sq. Ft.
Phil Knight eventually purchased Will Vinton Studios, assuming control of the company’s board with the cooperation of Nike executives.
According to the reports of the Portland Business Journal, Knight recently spent a good amount of $7.6 Million on a 29,000 Sq. Ft. private jet hangar at Hillsboro Airport near Portland.
The new construction at Hillsboro Airport is supposed to house Knight’s new private jet Gulfstream G650.
Despite his Billion net worth, Phil Knight owns an Audi R8 costing only $120,000 which he loves to drive all by himself.
Knight served one year in Army in action duty and seven years in the Army Reserve post getting his graduation degree from the University of Oregon.
Knight’s firm “Nike,” was named after the Greek winged goddess of victory, suggested by his friend, Jeff Johnson. Phil Knight discontinued Nike as a CEO, in November 2004, but he continued as the chairman of the board.
Phil Knight released a book about his early days with the Nike brand, titled “Shoe Dog”, on April 26, 2016.
Phil Knight was a great philanthropist. Reports reveal that he contributed about $400 Million to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, in 2016.
Phil Knight is the proud owner of Audi R8 which costs a whopping amount of $350,000.