弹指一挥间：如今全市食品超市（Whole Foods Market）已拥有超过300家超市和56,000名员工 (或“团队成员”)。这家高端食品零售商的成功已改变了业内许多主流竞争对手的经营方式。如今已经58岁的麦基说：“如果20年前你告诉我，沃尔玛（Wal-Mart）将成为全球领先的有机食品销售商之一，我会觉得太荒唐可笑了。”
8. John Mackey
Sales: $10.1 billion
Market Value: $15.5 billion
Advice: Purpose inspires people.
In 1978, John Mackey and his then-girlfriend Renee Lawson opened their first vegetarian food store in an old Victorian home in Austin. They had modest ambitions: to make a living, have fun, and help a few people live healthier by eating better. A bearded, shaggy-haired college dropout, Mackey had just turned 25 and thought profit was little more than a "necessary evil."
Fast forward: Whole Foods Market now has more than 300 supermarkets and over 56,000 employees (or "team members"). The success of the upscale food retailer has changed the way many of the industry's mainstream competitors operate. "If you told me 20 years ago that Wal-Mart would be one of the leading sellers of organic foods in the world, I would have thought that was ridiculous," the 58-year-old Mackey says.
How does he do it? Among the six fundamental precepts that are at the core of Whole Foods are a commitment to sell the highest-quality natural and organic products available, satisfy and delight the customers, and promote environmental stewardship. Many companies have mission statements with lofty principles that are little more than wall hangings.