William Wrigley Jr. II

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William Wrigley Jr. II
Born (1963-10-06) October 6, 1963 (age 55)
ResidenceNorth Palm Beach, Florida, US
EducationPhoenix Country Day School
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Duke University
Net worthUS$2.9 billion[1]
Spouse(s)Kandis Hanson
Heather Ann Rosbeck
Children2 sons, 1 daughter (with Hanson)
Parent(s)William Wrigley III
Alison Hunter-Wrigley

William H. Wrigley Jr. II (born October 6, 1963) is an American businessman, the chairman and former CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. According to Forbes, his net worth is $2.9 billion.[1]

Early life[edit]

A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and Phoenix Country Day School in Phoenix, Arizona, he is the son of Alison (Hunter) and William A. 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 company Joyco.[3]

He turned over the office of CEO to William Perez in October 2006. Perez, former CEO of Nike and SC Johnson, was the first non-Wrigley head of the company.

In an e-mail to Wrigley employees in January 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

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, he separated from his first wife, Kandis Hanson, with whom he had three children, and their divorce was finalised in 2002.[4][5] In August 2007, he married Heather Ann Rosbeck, of Martha's Vineyard, a former actress and model.[4][5]

Wrigley has four children, and lives in North Palm Beach, Florida.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Forbes profile: William Wrigley, Jr". Forbes. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Wrigley". ChicagoBusiness. Crain Communications, Inc. October 17, 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  3. ^ "Wrigley lifted by Joyco takeover". ConfectioneryNews. Confectionery News.com. October 24, 2004. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  4. ^ a b Eaves, Elisabeth. "Chicago's Most Eligible Bachelor Remarries". forbes.com. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Taking Names: Bill Wrigley Jr. remarries". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved August 6, 2018.