Phil Knight

Nike CEO


He was born on February 24, 1938 in Portland Oregon. His parents were Lota Hatfield Knight and William W. Knight. Phil lived his whole life in Portland. He has a wife named Penny Knight and their children are Travis, Matthew, and Christina. He went to Cleveland High School in portland, then went to the University of Oregon for 4 years, and then Stanford Graduate School of Business for a year.

How It Was Started

Nike was created by Phil Knight who was a track athlete at the University of Oregon and Bill Bowerman who was his coach there, they both wanted a shoe that would give them and the other athletes at Oregon an advantage over the competition. They started a business together that was called Blue Ribbon Sports. They sold shoes there from a company located in Kobe, Japan called Tiger Shoes.

what was created

Together Knight and Bowerman created a company that today is the world's leading innovator in athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories.