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Nike’s founder & family gain $6.5 billion in a day, hold more than $11 billion in cash

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Nike’s founder & family gain $6.5 billion in a day, hold more than $11 billion in cash
Olumide Adesina by Olumide Adesina June 27, 2021Reading Time: 2 mins read
Nike’s founder & family gain $6.5 billion in a day, hold more than $11 billion in cash

Phil Knight, the shoe king, and his family are the world’s 23rd richest with a net worth of $58.8 billion. The 83-year-old American billionaire is the co-founder of Nike, the world’s leading athletic shoes and sports apparel company.

At the end of Friday’s trading session, Phil Knight & family earned $6.48 billion in a day as investors weighed positively on the sports apparel stock after its impressive showing at the world’s largest economy.

Their cash reserves stand at $11 billion while the rest of their net worth is vested in the company. Nike’s range of brands includes Jordan, Converse and Cole Haan.

As social mobility gathers momentum, the shoe apparel company relies on shoppers splurging on its new products like the Jordan brand and fashion-forward sweatsuits.

The company’s brand loyalty remains very strong, with Nike enjoying a gross margin of 45.8% in its fiscal Q4 as Nike’s digital efforts continued to pay off. Nike also repurchased 50 million of its shares for $4.7 billion during its fiscal fourth quarter.

The billionaire and his family own about 230 million shares through their holding firm known as Swoosh. Phil Knight directly owns about 35 million shares according to an October 2020 filing. Travis Knight his son owns about 41 million shares.

Recent chart patterns reveal investors are increasingly buying Nike shares as it posts gains of more than 15%, hitting a high after the shoemaker forecasted full-year sales reaching $50 billion. Nike’s North American business division shows signs of strength rising from the lows of the worst pandemic in human history.

The Oregon-based company currently has a market valuation of about $244 billion, posting yearly returns of about 66%. The New York Stock Exchange-listed company has more than 1,100 stores worldwide.

Phil Knight and his family control about 20% of the business entity.

Presently, Phil Knight and his family’s net worth can buy 32.9 million troy ounces of gold or 772 million barrels of crude oil.

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