William S. Fisher
|William S. Fisher|
|Alma mater||B.A. Princeton University
M.B.A. Stanford University
|Occupation||Retail executive; Philanthropist|
|Known for||Director of The Gap Inc.|
|Net worth||$1.55 billion (March 2013)|
William S. Fisher (born 1958) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He has been a director of Gap Inc. since 2009 and is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Manzanita Capital Limited. The son of Gap Inc. founders Donald Fisher and Doris F. Fisher, William Fisher has been involved with the company as a board member or employee for nearly 30 years.
Early life and education
Fisher was born to a Jewish family, is the son of Doris Feigenbaum Fisher and Don Fisher, the co-founders of Gap, Inc. He has two brothers: Robert J. Fisher and John J. Fisher. Fisher attended Phillips Exeter Academy. He is a 1979 graduate of Princeton University, where he received a bachelor's degree and a 1984 graduate of the Stanford University School of Business, from which he earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration.
Fisher began his career at The Gap after earning his M.B.A. starting first as the store director for the Banana Republic and then the general manager for Gap in Canada. Fisher served as the president of the Gap's international division and is credited with expanding the company into Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan. In 2001, he founded the London-based private equity firm Manzanita Capital and serves as its CEO. Manzanita concentrates its investments in branded luxury companies in Europe, consumer goods, and retail. In 2009, he was appointed to the Gap's Board of Directors.
Fisher donates heavily to his alma mater Stanford and has a professorship there. In 2011, he donated $1 million to Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He serves as vice chairman of the science museum Exploratorium in San Francisco.
Fisher is married to Sakurako Fisher. They have three children. His wife - who graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in 1982 - was born in Japan to an American father and a Japanese mother and serves as president of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
- Forbes: The World's Billionaires - William Fisher March 2013
- Gap, Inc. web site retrieved March 31, 2013
- The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California: "Gap Founder Donald Fisher Leaves Stamp on Community" October 1, 2009
- Stanford University: William S. Fisher, MBA '84 retrieved March 31, 2013
- San Francisco Gate: "A's NEW ERA / JOHN FISHER / Son of Gap founder is the money behind the deal" by Todd Wallack March 31, 2005
- San Francisco Symphony Orchestra: "Inventing Community with SFS President Sako Fisher" February 8, 2013
- San Francisco Business Times: "Sakurako Fisher assumes post at San Francisco Symphony" by Renée Frojo December 4, 2012