A different philosophy on food markets

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods

EXECUTIVE SNAPSHOT

WHO: John Mackey, co-founder, chief executive officer, and board chairman of Whole Foods Market, Inc.

EDUCATION: Studied philosophy at the University of Texas in Austin, but dropped out of college six times.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Although Mackey is otherwise vegan, he eats eggs from the free-range, organic-fed chickens he raises.

PERSONAL: Mackey and his wife, Deborah, live on a 720-acre ranch west of Austin, Texas. They practice yoga and meditation.

About the author

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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