Richard Hayne

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Richard A. Hayne
Born May 26, 1947[1]
Nationality American
Alma mater Lehigh University
Spouse(s) Judy Wicks (1969-1971)
Margaret Hayne (m. ?)

Richard Hayne is the president and CEO of Urban Outfitters, an American chain of clothing retailers. He has been the chairman and president since 1976 and the CEO since the retirement of Glen Senk in 2012.[2]

At a net worth of $1.8 billion, Hayne is the 262 richest person in the U.S. according to the 2008 Forbes 400, a ranking of the 400 richest Americans by net worth.[3] He is included in the Top 40 richest people in Pennsylvania.

He is a 1969 graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in anthropology.[4]

He co-founded Urban Outfitters, Inc. in 1970 with former wife, Judy Wicks.[5] The couple divorced a year later, in 1971.[5] The first store was located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Today, the company operates over 200 stores under four brands: Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie and Terrain (newly launched gardening store).[6]

Hayne's current wife, Margaret Hayne joined Urban Outfitters in August 1982.[7] He and his wife have been criticized for donating about $13,000 to then-Senator Rick Santorum until 2006, when Santorum lost his seat to Bob Casey, Jr..[8] They also came under fire after Urban Outfitters hastily retracted a shirt advocating support for same-sex marriage in the wake of the passage of California's Prop 8 in 2008.[6][9][10] The company later partnered with the National Center for Lesbian Rights to release a different shirt expressing support for marriage equality in 2009.[11] Hayne has avoided stating his own views on homosexuality.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/thebrownandwhiteblog/index.ssf/2013/03/lehigh_alumni_richard_hayne_bu.html
  2. ^ Li, Shan (2012-01-11). "Urban Outfitters CEO Glen Senk replaced by co-founder Richard Hayne". LA Times. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  3. ^ "The 400 Richest Americans: #262 Richard Hayne 400". Forbes. September 17, 2008. 
  4. ^ Brown, Heidi (2004-11-01). "Urban Cowboy". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  5. ^ a b McCuan, Jess. "Judy Wicks, White Dog Enterprises". Inc. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Valania, Jonathan (2003-06-11). "Clothes Make the Man". Philadelphia Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  7. ^ "Margaret Hayne". Forbes. 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Facebook post claims Urban Outfitters CEO backs Santorum". PolitiFact Florida. April 4, 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Von Gilnow, Kiki (2011-05-27). "Miley Cyrus Tweets Rant Against Urban Outfitters". PopEater. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  10. ^ "Richard Hayne". Snopes.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  11. ^ Kendell, Kate (February 2009). "Urban Outfitters Supports Marriage Equality". On the Docket. National Center for Lesbian Rights. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Valania, Jonathan (Jun 11, 2003). "Clothes Make the Man: Like Jack and his magic beanstalk, Urban Outfitters President Richard Hayne turned a few hippie beans into a hip $700 million retail empire.". Philadelphia Weekly. Retrieved 18 April 2012.