Resume: Howard Schultz
July 19, 1953, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Raised in housing projects in Canarsie, Brooklyn, a blue-collar neighborhood; father held various odd jobs, from truck driver to factory worker.
Star quarterback at Canarsie High School. Attended Northern Michigan University on football scholarship and earned a BS in communications, 1975.
Started as a sales trainee for Xerox; rose to VP of U.S. sales for Hammerplast, a housewares subsidiary of Swedish-based Perstorp; joined Starbucks in 1982 in sales and marketing. Became chairman and CEO after buying out original owners in 1987.
Owns about 18 million shares, worth $400 million. Including stakes in eBay, Mavron Partners (a Seattle venture-capital firm he founded), and other private investments, his net worth hovers around $700 million.
The principal owner of the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA and the Seattle Storm of the WNBA, he is seen at many of the teams' games.
He invites creative conflict and debate: "If there's no tension, I don't think you get the best result."
Wife, Sheri Kersch Schultz, is an interior designer; they have a teenage son and daughter.