Based on results from Forbes magazine, our colleagues at Sporting Goods Intelligence (U.S. edition) have conducted a survey on the wealthiest people in the sporting goods industry, and on how their fortune developed in 2014. Thanks to the splendid rise in Nike shares, its co-founder, Phil Knight saw his wallet inflate to a healthy $22.4 billion, up from $16.3 billion last year. Next in line is Jim Davis of New Balance whose estimated wealth soared to $3.4 billion from $2.5 billion twelve months ago.
The star in this rich list of industry people however is founder of GoPro action cameras Nick Woodman. The initial public offering last spring made Woodman rich. He has an estimated wealth of $3.3 billion, though the figure is highly dependent on any fluctuations in GoPro shares.
As we descend the rankings, we get to the ‘poorer’ people of Europe: Englishman Mike Ashley of Sports Direct International ranks #4. Like Woodman, his wealth is estimated to be $3.3 billion. Next up is Jim Jannard, formerly of Oakley, with $3.0 billion to his name, Kevin Plank (Under Armour, $2.9 billion), Michael Rubin (Fanatics, $2.7 billion), and Michel Leclerq (Décathlon, also $2.7 billion).