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John Mackey is the CEO of Whole Foods Market, which he co-founded in 1980. Named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Mackey is a strong supporter of free market economics, has strong anti-union views, and co-wrote the best-selling book Conscious Capitalism, which was released in 2013. He is one of the most influential advocates in the movement for organic food. Mackey was a student of philosophy and religion at the University of Texas at Austin and Trinity University in the 1970s, and worked at a vegetarian co-op. Mackey spent almost six years studying various topics, deciding to focus solely on his interests and not purely seek out a degree. Mackey credits his generalist approach to learning as the main reason he was able to be successful in business.

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FILE - In this March 22, 2007 file photo, Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey shows off his Super Bowl V rings at his Baltimore home. Mackey died in 2011 after a 10-year battle with dementia. His wife, Syvia, remained by his side throughout, and she continues to show her support by educating parents, mental health providers and athletes about sports-related head injuries. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)

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FILE - In this March 22, 2007 file photo, Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey shows off his Super Bowl V rings at his Baltimore home. Mackey died in 2011 after a 10-year battle with dementia. His wife, Syvia, remained by his side throughout, and she continues to show her support by educating parents, mental health providers and athletes about sports-related head injuries. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)

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**FILE** This 1969 handout provided by the Baltimore Colts shows NFL Hall of Famer and former Colts player John Mackey, who died July 7, 2011, at 69. (Associated Press)