William Wrigley Jr. II

William Wrigley Jr. 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.

Early life

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 and William Wrigley III, the grandson of Philip K. Wrigley and the great-grandson of William Wrigley Jr..


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.
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.