Guess: How much did John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, make in 2008? 30K, 300K or $3 million. Or 30 million?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 27, 2009
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How much did beleaguered Whole Foods CEO John Mackey rake in last year? Here’s the answerincluding expenses. 


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


16 Responses to “Guess: How much did John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, make in 2008? 30K, 300K or $3 million. Or 30 million?”

  1. This is truly awesome. Whole Foods was one of the only businesses that grew a profit in the last quarterly and have hired over 800 people in the last week. STOKED!

  2. Todd says:

    Okay, at first, I tried to hate Whole Foods for buying up Wild Oats and eliminating a Colorado-based business, but since that time, I just keep getting more and more impressed with the company. Yeah, they’ve still got a little ways to go on some things (some of their store brand products could use a little more eco-ish ingredients), but they are definitely headed in the right direction!

  3. Marco says:

    Hmmm. I don’t know. I wonder what’s left out in the story. I see there’s no mention of how the company acquired Wild Oats partly due to his illegal blog schemes of tearing down Wild Oats value. No mention of monopolizing the market. I think he’ll be fine with low pay. He’s pretty well off. This article is called self-promoting. Make him look like a saint. He’s a rich efffer who takes joy in destroying the competition. I know first hand.

  4. Brian Logan at 11:37pm January 27
    Wow that’s cool, an ungreedy person!

  5. John Joseph says:

    Yeah, but he doesn’t have to spend his Whole Paycheck – I bet he shops for free!

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  7. Marco says:


    That’s my point. I know all of the WFM execs and there’s not a whole lot of humbleness going around.

  8. beerchick says:

    Having spent over four years employed at WFM (at the 4th busiest store in the company), right in Waylon’s backyard, let me put to rest the saintliness of John Mackey. Yes, he is a smart and ruthless businessman. No, he is not a saint for taking a paycut. He has received wealth beyond his dreams (his words) and knowing many CEO’s look like asses for earning hundreds of times the amount of the average worker, and being someone who despises unions, he has created a work environment that precludes the necessity or possibility of a union starting or feelings of disenfranchisement by his employees. WFM IS a great place to work. But, there are the golden handcuffs about working there, too. Pay is not optimal but the benefits keep people around. I also think John Mackey saw that WFM couldn’t continue it’s rate of growth and taking a cut was one of the easiest ways for any losses related to purchasing Wild Oats (what a bunch of dead weight, in my opinion) to not appear so extreme on WFM profit and loss statements. Good business practice or smarmy? It’s a close call. As for the 800 jobs? There has been a hiring freeze at WFM for the last 8 months. Those posting are mainly “in house” and only in desperation does WF post out of house/craigslist.
    P.S. He shopped at the Boulder WF, and paid for his groceries with a 20% discount- just like the rest of the employees.

  9. Mitchell Beesom says:

    Have been reading lots of coverage in this Blog, Natural~Specialty Foods Memo, on the FTC/Whole Foods saga. Some good stuff from all sides. It’s at:

    PS: John Mackey isn’t a saint now because he never was a saint. Sort of a Lucky guy though.But is he long in the CEo’s position?

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