William Wrigley Jr. II

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William Wrigley Jr. II
Born (1963-10-06) October 6, 1963 (age 52)
Nationality American
Education Phoenix Country Day School
Alma mater Wharton School of Business
Duke University
Occupation Business executive
Net worth US$ 2.6 billion (August 2015)[1]
Spouse(s) Heather Wrigley
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter by marriage to Kandis Hanson
Parent(s) William Wrigley III and Alison (Hunter) Wrigley

William Wrigley Jr. (born October 6, 1963) is the chairman and former CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. He turned over the office of CEO to William Perez on October 23, 2006. Perez, former CEO of Nike and SC Johnson, was the first non-Wrigley head of the company.

Early life[edit]

A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Duke University and Phoenix Country Day School in Phoenix, Arizona, Bill Jr. is the son of William Wrigley III (1933–1999), the grandson of Philip K. Wrigley (1894–1977) and the great-grandson of William Wrigley Jr. (1861–1932).[2]


Under his leadership the company expanded beyond chewing gum by purchasing Altoids and Life Savers from Kraft Foods' candy division in addition to Spanish confectionery Joyco.[3]

In an e-mail to Wrigley employees dated January 4, 2010, he announced his intention to step down as chairman "as of this month".[citation needed][needs update]


  • Joined in 1985
  • Director since 1988
  • Vice President (1991–1998)
  • Senior Vice President (1999)
  • President & Chief Executive Officer (1999–2006)
  • Chairman of the Board since 2004
  • Executive Chairman since 2006


  1. ^ "William Wrigley Jr". Forbes. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Wrigley". ChicagoBusiness. Crain Communications, Inc. 2005-10-17. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  3. ^ "Wrigley lifted by Joyco takeover". ConfectioneryNews. Confectionery News.com. 2004-10-24. Retrieved 2014-11-10.