John Mackey (businessman)

American businessman, current CEO of Whole Foods Market

John Mackey (born August 15, 1953) is an American businessman, current co-CEO of Whole Foods, which he co-founded in 1980. Named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Mackey is a strong supporter of free market economics, has strong anti-union views, and co-wrote the book Conscious Capitalism (2013). He is one of the most influential advocates in the movement for organic food.

John Mackey in 2009


  • I remember one day in August of 2003 I made the decision to become (near) vegan and that once the decision was made I felt great emotional alignment within my heart. I knew this was the right thing for me to do and I also knew that I was making a decision that I would be committed to for the rest of my life. At last my beliefs and my ethics had come into alignment.
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