Top 100 business founders in the World No.88: William Jay Bowerman- Nike Inc


(Worldkings)William Jay ‘Bill’ Bowerman (1911- 1999) is known in the American sports history for being one of the best American track and field coaches and the co-owner and prime designer of the athletic shoe company Nike, Inc.

Bill Bowerman was born in Portland, Oregon to Jay Bowerman, who was the 13th Governor of Oregon. His parents got divorced when he was only 2 years old and he went on to live with his mother in Fossil.

1941-1945: served in US army during WW2, received 4 bronze star and one Silver Star Medal for his distinguished service.

1948-1962: coaching career at Medford High School and University of Oregon (jogging and 4-miles relay team).

1964: started an athletic footwear contribution company with Phil Knight called Blue Ribbon (later Nike Inc.). He also played a role as a prime designer of the athletic purpose shoes of the company.

1968: Designed the famous “Nike Cortez” Shoes which instantly became hit amongst sportsmen shoes and until now still Nike’s biggest selling iconic design.

1999: Bowerman died in his sleep at his home in Fossil, Oregon at the age of 88.

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