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Mr. Bill Farley

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Sole Owner

Local Address:  Chicago , Illinois , United States
Farley Industries

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelors of arts degree
    Bowdoin College
  • law degree
    Boston College
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William F. Farley.Mr. ..., 15 April 2002 [cached]
William F. Farley.Mr. Farley, age 59, has been Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer of FRUIT OF THE LOOM LTD from January 1998 through August 1999.Mr. Farley has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of FTL Inc. from May 1985 through August 1999.Mr. Farley continued as Chairman of the Board until January 2000.In February 1998, Mr. Farley was appointed to the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer of FRUIT OF THE LOOM LTD.Mr. Farley currently serves as a director of the Company.For more than five years, Mr. Farley has also been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Farley Industries, Inc.He has held substantially similar positions with Farley Inc. for more than the past five years.Mr. Farley has also been Chairman of the Board of Acme Boot for more than the past five years through January 2000.
Mr. Farley did not attend any meetings of the Board of Directors in 2001. SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires FRUIT OF THE LOOM LTD's officers, directors and persons who beneficially own greater than 10% of a registered class of FRUIT OF THE LOOM LTD's equity securities to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Based solely on a review of the forms it has received and on representations from certain reporting persons that no such forms were required for them, FRUIT OF THE LOOM LTD believes that during 2001 all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to its officers, directors and 10% beneficial owners were complied with by such persons.
Zrii CEO, Billionaire Brand Expert Bill Farley |, 11 April 2014 [cached]
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Life Story
Like many American success stories, Bill Farley came from humble beginnings. He grew up in the small town of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where his mother was a factory worker and his father worked for the United States Postal Service. Bill recognized the importance of a good education early on, and after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the prestigious Bowdoin College in Maine, he earned enough money selling encyclopedias door-to-door to pay his way through Boston College Law School.
Becoming a Business Icon
After receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1969, it didn't take long for Bill's positive approach to life and strong work ethic to pay off. He gained valuable experience working in the mergers and acquisitions department at the famous NL Industries in New York. Three years later, Bill joined the investment-banking firm of Lehman Brothers in corporate finance. While at Lehman Brothers, he purchased his first company, Anaheim Citrus Products (ACP), of Anaheim, California. His personal investment of $25,000 in ACP in 1976 became the foundation for a series of acquisitions which culminated in his $1.4 billion purchase of Northwest Industries in 1985. Bill Farley built Jordache Jeans, Christian Dior, and BVD into billion dollar brands. n March of 1987, he successfully completed the initial $565 million public offering of Fruit of the Loom, Inc.
Bill served as chairman and CEO of Fruit of the Loom, Inc., from 1984 through 1999, when he sold the company to Berkshire Hathaway Co. During his tenure at Fruit of the Loom, he transformed the company from a $500 million domestic underwear company into a global family apparel powerhouse. At its peak, the company had approximately $5 billion in annual revenue and 65,000 employees worldwide. Today, Bill Farley is the sole shareholder of Liam Ventures, Inc., a private equity firm, named after his teenage son. Liam Ventures includes investments in a variety of different industries, including biotech, communications and other basic industries. He is also the founder and CEO of Zrii LLC, a company first to market with clean, all-natural ayurvedic products, headquartered in Draper, Utah.
Throughout his rich and varied business career, Bill has achieved remarkable success and faced daunting challenges. But through all of these experiences, he has relied on the same core principlesĀ¬-an unwavering belief in the value of optimism and hard work, a willingness to take smart risks and a strong commitment to the people he works with. The presidents, financial advisers, and other figureheads within his seasoned companies are proud to work with Bill and many have been by his side for 25 years.
Making a Difference
Bill Farley's core values are the guiding influence of his successful business career. Bill understands the importance of giving back and he has dedicated his time, energy and resources to many worthwhile charitable causes. As a result of his passion for education, Bill has given several multi-million dollar gifts to educational institutions, including his Rhode Island high school, Bowdoin College and Boston College. He oversees the Utah-based Zrii Foundation, which gives to children's charities worldwide, including a recent gift to abandoned children in Haiti. And he has established a charitable organization, called the Farley Foundation, which contributes to many different educational, medical, civic and cultural programs around the world.
Bill also plays an active role in national and community organizations. He is a member of the World Presidents' Organization, the Chicago Club and the Executives' Club of Chicago, and he sits on various educational, corporate, civic and cultural boards, including the Horatio Alger Association, the Big Shoulders Fund, the Rush Hospital Heart Institute and Adamant Media Corporation.
In spite of these many demanding commitments, Bill still finds time to be a close friend and adviser to people from all walks of life. This includes prominent politicians, celebrities and world leaders. But many of Bill's most meaningful and rewarding hours are spent quietly mentoring everyday people who are working hard to fulfill their own American dream.
Finding a Balanced, Meaningful Life
Bill Farley has found a peaceful, meaningful and rewarding life with his wife Shelley and their three sons Hayes, Scott and Liam. With his balanced commitment to hard work, optimism, family and compassionate giving, he continues to turn his success into a powerful tool for improving the world around him.
Bill has lived a rich life and achieved his own American dream. He now has a passion for giving back and does so through a variety of charitable avenues. The following are some causes Bill has committed his time and resources to:
Bill Farley has always played, loved and followed sports. He was an accomplished athlete in high school and played football at Bowdoin College. His passion for sports-especially baseball-turned into an early business venture at the young age of 35 when he became a partial owner of the Chicago White Sox. Since then, Bill has been actively involved in growing and improving a number of local and national sports teams.
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CEO, Body Wise International
William F. Farley, CEO
Bill Farley has been described as the embodiment of the American dream, a man of humble origins who realized his financial ambition through hard work, courage and determination. Growing up in Rhode Island, he worked a variety of jobs before earning a bachelors of arts degree from Bowdoin College. He then went on to earn a law degree from Boston College. Bill bought his first company in 1976 and started Farley Industries, which quickly became a multi-national conglomerate comprising of 15 companies and four divisions. Bill's first post-college job was selling Collier's Encyclopedias door-to-door, and he became a hugely successful salesman. With the money he earned he managed to put himself through law school, setting his path to greatness. Bill went on to eventually become CEO of Fruit of the Loom, which he took from a $500 million domestic manufacturer of underwear to a $2.5 billion international manufacturer of casual family attire. At the helm of Body Wise International, Bill leads the way implementing positive change for the growth, and success of the company and its clients.
1/14/2008:Body Wise Management Page
CEO and Founder, Zrii
Meet Bill Farley Meet the Team leadership Bill Farley, CEO and founder, has spent his career preparing to launch Zrii. He has every quality necessary to lead our company to success-a clear vision of the path to prosperity, incredible drive and energy, a lifelong passion for healthy living, and a track record of success.
Bill Farley is a business icon who has won the Horatio Alger Award for entrepreneurial excellence. He has helped create many significant brands, including BVD, Lucchese, Gitano and the mega-billion dollar brand, Fruit of the Loom.
Bill is a trusted friend and advisor to CEOs, celebrities, athletes, politicians, and leaders around the world. And Bill is often found mentoring people from all walks of life, showing them how working hard and seizing opportunities are the keys to making positive things happen. Bill will tell you that the key to his success is being able to envision special opportunities and then taking action.
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William F. Farley, CEO
As President and CEO of Body Wise, Bill Farley leads with clear vision, a lifelong passion for healthy living, incredible energy and a 30 year track record of building international companies worth billions of dollars.
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