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John Mackey

John Mackey (born August 15, 1953) is an American businessman. He is the co-CEO of Whole Foods Market which he had co-founded in 1980. Named the ... More »John Mackey (born August 15, 1953) is an American businessman. He is the co-CEO of Whole Foods Market which he had co-founded in 1980. Named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Mackey is a strong supporter of free market economics. He is one of the most influential advocates in the movement for organic food. John Mackey was born in Houston, Texas in 1953 to Bill and Margaret Mackey. He has a sister and a brother. He was student of philosophy and religion at the University of Texas at Austin in the 1970s, and worked at a vegetarian co-op. Mackey eventually became vegetarian. He now identifies as a vegan. Mackey had a longtime relationship with Mary Kay Hagen. Mackey married his current wife Deborah Morin in 1992. Both practice yoga. They spend the week in Austin and weekends at their 720-acre (291.4 ha) ranch 40 miles (64 km) west of Austin. Mackey began his first health food store, Safer Way, in his garage in Austin in 1978, with his girlfriend Renee Lawson Hardy. They... [ Wikipedia ]

Whole Foods' John Mackey: Self-awareness on Aisle 5?

FORTUNE -- The founder and co-CEO of supermarket chain Whole Foods, John Mackey, is a staunch libertarian and a vegan. As his public profile rises, he becomes harder to pin down. He seems to embody competing philosophies in one affable, "aw-shucks," yet entirely controversial package. ...

Does Whole Foods CEO John Mackey Regret Comparing ObamaCare to Fascism?

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Yesterday, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey compared ObamaCare to fascism. Now his word choice set some on fire, so today, John Mackey explained. VAN SUSTEREN: This is a controversy, and I take it you dialed it back. I think you called the ObamaCare...

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Whole Foods CEO: Government Shouldn't ‘Take Over Entire Health Care System'

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey doesn’t want the government running America's health care system. Mackey joined Fox News’ Stuart Varney on Wednesday to discuss the rollout of President Obama’s health care overhaul, better known as Obamacare. Mackey said that while he considered ...

Walter Robb: Whole Foods' other CEO on organic growth

232 on the Fortune 500 ) expands aggressively is partly the task of Walter Robb, 59, who shares the CEO job with founder John Mackey. Robb started a 1,000-square-foot natural and organic food market in 1977, not long after graduating from Stanford, then built a grocery business and sold ...

Whole Foods Employees Have Open Salaries

Whole Foods co-CEO John Mackey introduced the policy in 1986, just six years after he co-founded the company. In the book, he explains that his initial goal was to help employees understand why some people were paid more than others. If workers understood what types of performance and ...

5 libertarian oligarchs who made fortunes off the government they want to destroy

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, is one of the nation’s most visible “free-market libertarians.” Mr. Mackey said this about government, and specifically about Obamacare, last year on NPR : Presumably that means that the privatization of government services – an effort which ...

John Mackey, Co-CEO of Whole Foods, and Marc Gafni on "The Unique Self of Business."

John Mackey, the co-CEO of Whole Foods, is the author (with Raj Sisodia) of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business of Capitalism. Philosopher Marc Gafni, Ph.D., president of the Center for World Spirituality, is the author of Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to ...

Whole Foods CEO Joins Libertarian Student Group's Board of Advisors

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, speaks while surrounded by Whole Foods employees during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Dec. 9, 2008. John Mackey, the founder and co-CEO of trendy organic supermarket chain Whole Foods, has joined Students for Liberty's board of advisors. The ...

Tom Brokaw's Path From College Dropout To NBC News Anchor (VIDEO)

In the 70s, John Mackey was kind of a hippie. He joined a vegetarian commune (mostly to meet women), became an organic foodie and dropped out of the University of Texas. ...

John Mackey TE award goes to Austin Seferian-Jenkins

The Friends of John Mackey announced Wednesday that Seferian-Jenkins has been named as the organization’s tight end of the year. Seferian-Jenkins was one of three finalists for the 2013 award, joined by North Carolina’s Eric Ebron and Florida State’s Nick O’Leary. Seferian-Jenkins ...

How to make pharma companies into law abiding citizens

One example of a private enterprise cheerleader at such cross-purposes with himself is John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods. Mackey's libertarian rejection of government conflicts with his socially constructive view of capitalism. In his recent book, Conscious Capitalism...

In Boston, Whole Foods co-CEO Mackey loves to talk about his new book, not the grocery business

With a blizzard coming, many things were in short supply at the Jamaica Plain Whole Foods market – but not copies of co-CEO John Mackey's book. Whole Foods Market Inc. (NYSE: WFM) is getting ready to open 12 new stores in the Boston area, a spokeswoman said. "Holy mackerel, that's a lot ...

Whole Foods CEO: Global Warming 'Not That Big a Deal'

But Whole Foods Market CEO and co-founder John Mackey says dire warnings about global warming are overblown. In an interview with CNBC, Mackay said global warming is “not that big a deal” and may actually be beneficial to human flourishing. I haven’t been outspoken about global warming. ...

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey looks to rewrite the rules with his new book Conscious Capitalism

Running a business well when times are good is easy, wrote John Mackey in his new book Conscious Capitalism. It’s the crises that really test the strength of an enterprise. So when the financial crisis hit and Whole Foods Market Inc.’s stock plummeted from $79 to $8 in three years...

Contamination clean-up at St. John's dump continues

Motorists hoping to drop-off garbage at the Robin Hood Bay landfill were turned away Saturday because of a potential contamination on site. (CBC) The Robin Hood Bay landfill closed Saturday due to a potential contamination by hazardous materials at the dump. St. John’s city officials ...

Whole Foods CEO: ‘Capitalism Has a Serious Branding Problem’ Whole Foods CEO John Mackey

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey delivered the opening keynote address for the International Students for Liberty Conference this weekend where he stressed that capitalism has the power to eradicate poverty in the next century. Mackey expressed concern over capitalism’s “branding ...

Inc. Magazine's Business Owners Council and John Mackey, Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market, Inc. [WFM] to R...

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The Future of Health Now to Release Ninth Set of Videos in 10 Day Video Series Featuring John Mackey...

The Future of Health Now to Release Ninth Set of Videos in 10 Day Video Series Featuring John Mackey of Whole Foods and Dr. Brandon Colby The Future of Health Now video presentations are evidence-based and backed by sound scientific and clinical studies. In fact, many of these experts ...

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