Meet John J. Fisher, Owner of Oakland Athletics
Meet John J. Fisher
John J Fisher is the current owner of the Oakland Athletics.
John J. Fisher, born on June 1, 1961, is a businessman in the United States. He owns the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball and the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, as well as ownership in Celtic F.C. of Scotland. He is the son of Gap Inc. founders Donald Fisher and Doris F. Fisher.
Fisher was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton University, where he graduated with a BS in 1983. After graduating from college, Fisher worked in the Republican National Committee’s mail office and raised money for both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the vice president at the time.
Afterward, he attended Stanford University’s School of Business, where he got a Master of Business Administration. Fisher has two brothers, both of whom are Jewish: Robert J. Fisher and William S. Fisher.
John J Fisher Career
After graduation, he went to work for a real estate firm that conducted business with the Gap, the family business. He was promoted to president of Pisces Inc., the Fisher family’s investment management company when the company proved unsuccessful.
The purchase of many Fairmont hotels in San Francisco with Lewis Wolff led to him investing in the Oakland Athletics. He also has a share in the San Jose Earthquakes of the MLS and the Glasgow Celtic football club of the Scottish Premiership.
Since he and Wolff secured their joint acquisition of the Athletics in 2005, Fisher has been the team’s primary owner and is now also the managing general partner. Wolff sold his 10% stake in the Athletics to Fisher in November 2016, allowing Fisher to take over the team’s management. Forbes put his net worth at $2.4 billion in September 2015.
John J Fisher Family
He is happily married to Laura Meier Fisher.