Beijing News Express reported on January 21 that Howard Schultz, the founder and former CEO of Starbucks, was considering running for president independently.
CNN and the Washington Post quoted anonymous people as saying that Schultzs advisers were studying his chances of running for president. According to the Washington Post, he and his advisers have been considering running as independent candidates, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Previously, the outside world had always believed that if Schultz ran, the lifelong Democrat would join the Democratic candidate camp. In response, Washington Democratic Party President Tina Podlodorsky issued a blunt warning: For Howard Schultz, who may run for president independently, I have two words to say to him - dont do it.
Schultzs resignation as CEO of Starbucks in 2017 sparked speculation about his run for the White House. In an interview with the New York Times, he talked about his interest in public services. In an interview with CNN in June last year, Schultz strongly criticized the current president, but admitted that Trump made it possible for non-politicians to become presidents.
Schultz, 65, is still the honorary chairman of Starbucks. Forbes estimates that his net worth is about $3.3 billion. Schultz is one of the three richest people to consider competing with Trump. The remaining two are former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York and hedge fund investor and activist Tom Steele.
Source: Wang Zheng_N7526, responsible editor of Beijing News