When thoughts of businessmen come to mind, in any genre, Nike CEO Mark Parker immediately rises to the top of the list.
His business savvy is unparalleled. His company’s profits are off the charts. And when it comes to ambition, like his plan to increase Nike’s profits by $20 billion over the next half decade, Parker stands alone in what he hopes to, and likely will, achieve.
So when Fortune Magazine named Mark Parker its 2015 Businessman of the Year, it wasn’t in the least bit surprising. With annual profits reaching a ridiculous $3 billion, Nike MAGs with Power Lacing next year, and Nike’s deal with the NBA set to pick back up, it’s really to wonder who could knock Parker from the top spot next year?
Having been with Nike for four decades, with humble beginnings as a designer, Parker now runs the most powerful sportswear brand on the planet; making him one of the most powerful businessmen in, well, all of business.