At 75, he may not be running the day-to-day operations anymore, but Phil Knight is still Nike's co-founder and chairman, and thus vested with power that most can only dream of. If you've ever wondered why Oregon's football team is the recipient of much Nike largesse, it has a lot to do with Knight being the U's wealthiest (to the tune of $40 billion-plus) alum. And while Mark Parker currently serves as Nike's president, one guess on who it was that initially hired him?
2. Phil Knight