Starbucks Was Founded by Two Teachers and a Writer
Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz is the man most associated with Starbucks; he’s been with the company on and off since the ’80s. But it actually started with three guys without an MBA between them.
Gordon Bowker (the writer), Zev Siegl (the history teacher), and Jerry Baldwin (the English teacher). What was their mission? To bring the best coffee to Seattle. And in 1971, they opened the first Starbucks in Pike Place Market. At first, they sold beans, but that changed once Schultz stepped in.