Gregg Russell is an American entrepreneur, investor, and business executive. He is the founder and CEO of Zumiez, a leading specialty retailer of action sports apparel and equipment. With his success in the industry, Gregg has accumulated a net worth of approximately $200 million.
Gregg Russell was born in Seattle, Washington in 1969. He attended the University of Washington where he earned a degree in business administration. After college, he worked for several companies before founding Zumiez in 1998 with his brother Tom. The company quickly grew to become one of the largest retailers of action sports apparel and equipment in the world. Today, Zumiez operates more than 600 stores across North America and Europe and has annual revenues of over $1 billion.
In addition to his success with Zumiez, Gregg has also been involved with several other businesses over the years. He was an early investor in companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, and Expedia. He also serves on the boards of several technology companies including Twitter and Zynga. His investments have allowed him to amass a substantial fortune which he plans to use to further support business initiatives that benefit society as a whole.
Gregg has been recognized for his success by both Forbes Magazine and Businessweek Magazine who have included him on their lists of top entrepreneurs under 40 years old. In 2010 he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young for his work with Zumiez.
In addition to running Zumiez, Gregg is also active in philanthropy through various charities such as The Nature Conservancy and World Vision International. He supports these organizations financially as well as through volunteer work such as speaking engagements at various universities around the world about entrepreneurship and sustainability initiatives.
At 6 feet tall, Gregg Russell stands out from the crowd with his unique style that blends classic prep with modern streetwear fashion trends. His hobbies include snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, traveling around the world, reading books on entrepreneurship and investing in startups.
Gregg Russell is an inspiring example of what can be achieved when hard work meets ambition and dedication to one’s craft or profession – he is living proof that anything is possible if you put your mind to it!