Ever-dedicated to stamping out all forms of discrimination, Schultz came out in support of same-sex marriage in 2012, and stood his ground, despite a “Dump Starbucks” campaign that called for a boycott of the brand, and opposition from a number of investors, who thought the stance would erode the company's bottom line.
Ever-dedicated to the well-being of his employees, Schultz launched the Starbucks College Achievement Plan in 2014, a unique program to give staff a tuition-free college education. By the spring of this year, more than 1,750 Starbucks employees will have graduated, many of whom will be the first member of their family to do so, just like their boss.
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Schultz resigned as CEO in 2017 ostensibly to build high-end Reserve-branded coffee shops, sparking speculation he would run for president. Schultz (pictured here with his wife Sheri, two children and their partners) retired as chairman last summer, and confirmed in January that he is exploring an independent 2020 presidential bid. The announcement has drawn the ire of Democrats, who believe Schultz could split the anti-Trump vote, and result in the Republican president gaining a second term.