About Jerry Greenfield
It has been announced that the current size of Jerry Greenfield net worth reaches a high sum of 150 million dollars, which makes him one of the richest businessmen in the world. In addition to his business career, Jerry Greenfield is also a philanthropist. Jerry Greenfield is mostly known as one of the founders of the well known company in the whole world, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Holdings, Inc. Thus, this company also became the biggest source of increasing the total amount of Jerry Greenfield net worth.
Jerry Greenfield was born in 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, but he was raised in Long Island. In 1969, he started to study at Oberlin College, from which he graduated in 1973. There, he tried to get his pre-med degree. For two years, he applied to get into a medical school, but unsuccessfully. In 1978, Jerry Greenfield teamed up with Ben Cohen, when the two opened their first Ben and Jerry’s Homemade ice cream scoop shop. What is even more interesting is that it was opened at an old gas station in Vermont. Since that time, more than 200 shops of Ben and Jerry’s have been opened.
It has been stated that the annual earnings of the company reach as high as 237 million dollars. Thus, his business in ice cream industry has also increased a lot to the total amount of Jerry Greenfield net worth.
Jerry Greenfield was raised in a Jewish household. His father was working as a stockbroker. When Jerry Greenfield was studying at Merrick Avenue Junior High School, he made friends with Ben Cohen, with whom he attended gym lessons. They became even closer friends when their gym teacher yelled at them that both of them were running one mile slower than the other kids in the class. However, in his academic work, Jerry Greenfield performed fine and, thus, he decided to study medicine. When he was studying in college, Jerry Greenfield started to sell ice cream scoops in college’s cafeteria.
When he failed to get enrolled into a medical school, Jerry Greenfield moved in with Ben Cohen. At that time, he worked as a lab technician. Jerry Greenfield later moved to North Carolina, where he settled in with Elizabeth Skarie, who later became his wife.
In 1976, he moved back with Ben Cohen and the pair started to work on their business venture. In fact, at first, they wanted to establish a bagel shop but decided to switch to ice cream, because the equipment to make it was cheaper. In 1978, the duo opened their first Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop, which was a start of a successful business, which today adds up a lot to the overall amount of Jerry Greenfield net worth.
The two wanted to found their ice cream shop in some college location as they thought that students buy more ice cream. Thus, they opened their first shop in Burlington, Vermont. After a few years, they moved the shop to a bigger location and started to sell ice cream in containers. In 2000, the company was purchased by the multinational food giant, Unilever.