Shad Khan, described in a Forbes magazine cover story as the “New Face of the American Dream,” is owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, Fulham Football Club of the Championship Division of the English Football League, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and Flex-N-Gate, the one of the nation’s largest original automotive equipment suppliers in the world.
A naturalized U.S. citizen, Khan arrived from Pakistan in 1967 at age 16 to study at the University of Illinois. With a B.S. in industrial engineering in 1971, he became Flex-N-Gate’s engineering manager. In 1978, Khan left and with $13,000 in savings and $50,000 from the Small Business Loan Corporation, he created the start-up Bumper Works, which revolutionized the industry through an innovative one-piece bumper design that remains the industry standard.
Khan eventually returned to buy Flex-N-Gate Corporation, which was ranked in 2015 by Automotive News as the 10th-largest original equipment supplier in North America and the 38th largest supplier globally. Flex-N-Gate employs more than 18,750people at 55manufacturing facilities and nine product development and engineering facilities.
Khan’s dream of owning an NFL team became reality on December 14, 2011, in a unanimous 32-0 vote by NFL owners in support of his purchase of the franchise. The first team owner of minority ethnicity in NFL history, Khan is chairman of the NFL’s business ventures committee and serves on the league’s health and safety advisory committee, finance committee and NFL Network committee.
Khan, a charter board member of the NFL Foundation, has donated millions of dollars toward military, health- and education-based causes in Jacksonville while also investing significantly in improvements to EverBank Field and the construction of the Daily’s Place amphitheater and flex-field complex, benefiting the team, fans and community alike.