David Rubenstein continues his Rubenstein Show series for Bloomberg as he speaks to some of the leaders and entrepreneurs that have achieved the highest level of success in their respective fields; previous interviews have featured Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt, J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and many others. This time it is the turn of the Nike co-founder Phil Knight to share his story.
David Rubenstein is the co-founder of the global private equity firm The Carlyle Group. This group is one of the largest of its kind in the world with assets under management of over $150 billion.
Phil Knight is the co-founder of Nike, which is one of the most influential companies in the world. Although the company has been involved in a number of controversies it still remains at the forefront of the sports and youth fashion industry, and the association with sporting icons such as Michael Jordan have elevated the company from a sporting goods company to a lifestyle brand that has spawned other iconic brands such as Air Jordan and Air Max. The brand has become so recognised that it is recognisable just by its swoosh logo.
Knight’s memoir entitled ‘Shoe Dog’ explains his journey from the time that he first began importing shoes in the early 1960s under the name of Blue Ribbons Sports until the flotation of the Nike Company and everything in-between.
Knight speaks to Rubenstein and goes through some of the things that made him and his team stand out from the rest when all of the odds of his success were extremely slim.
The David Rubenstein Show: Phil Knight
Interviewer: David Rubenstein
Phil Knight memoir: Shoe Dog