16. Phil Knight & fam­ily

Forbes - - FORBES 400 -

$33.8 bil­lion  Self-made Score: * Source: nike age: 80 reS­i­dence: hills­boro, or Phi­lan­throPy score:

In Au­gust, for­mer fe­male em­ploy­ees filed a class ac­tion law­suit against Nike, al­leg­ing gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion at the ap­parel gi­ant co­founded by Knight in 1964. Nike said it doesn’t com­ment on pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion but op­poses dis­crim­i­na­tion of any type. In Sep­tem­ber the sports­wear gi­ant re­leased a new ad fea­tur­ing con­tro­ver­sial for­mer NFL quar­ter­back Colin Kaepernick that drew crit­ics and fans alike. The stock ini­tially dropped but re­cov­ered and rose to an all-time high. Knight, who stepped down as chair­man of Nike in June 2016, has com­mit­ted more than $500 mil­lion to Stan­ford Univer­sity, in­clud­ing $400 mil­lion in 2016 for the Knight-Hen­nessy grad­u­ate stu­dent schol­ar­ships.

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