Cover Story -- The Best Managers: Top Managers of 1996
PHILIP H. KNIGHT
No one ever accused PHILIP H. KNIGHT of thinking small. The Nike CEO, known for his in-your-face style, has catapulted the once-tiny athletic shoemaker into an $8 billion giant whose name--and trademark swoosh--are recognizable worldwide. And these days, Nike isn't just shoes: It has launched a sports-equipment business and is a leading apparel maker. The winning streak helped push its stock to record heights in '96.