March 8, 2012, San Francisco: Whole Foods Market (No. 264
) co-founder and co-CEO John Mackey tends to pound the table about "conscious capitalism," pushing organizations to focus on purpose rather than profit. His grocery giant, the 800-pound gorilla in the booming natural foods market, proves the two forces don't have to be at odds: Sales from Whole Foods' 311 stores, which provide organic and sustainable produce aplenty, reached $10.1 billion last year, and earnings were up 39%.
Left to right: Stephanie Kugelman, chairman, A Second Opinion; former vice chairman and chief strategic officer, Young & Rubicam Brands; Jonathan D. Sokoloff, managing partner, Leonard Green & Partners; Morris J. Siegel, owner, Capital Peaks Investments; former chairman and CEO, Celestial Seasonings; John P. Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO, Whole Foods; Jonathan A. Seiffer, partner, Leonard Green & Partners; Dr. Ralph Z. Sorenson, managing partner, Sorenson Limited Partnership; Hass Hassan, general partner, Greenmont Capital; Gabrielle E. Greene, principal, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners; Walter Robb, co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; William A. (Kip) Tindell III, co-founder and CEO, the Container Store; Dr. John B. Elstrott, chairman of the board, Whole Foods