Marc Ecko (1972)
Chairman of the Board and Chief Creative
Officer of Marc Ecko Enterprises
Marc Ecko’s journey began in the mid-80s while he was still a high school student working from a makeshift design studio located in the garage of his parents’ New Jersey home. Armed only with an airbrush and his custom graphic designs, Marc quickly built a loyal fan base and in 1993, at the age of 20, founded *ecko unltd.Since then, the Company has grown to include *ecko unltd junior and accessories lines, the contemporary Marc Ecko “Cut & Sew” collection, eckored women’s and accessories lines, Zoo York, Complex magazine (circulation 340,000), Complex.com, as well as a videogame and multimedia division, Marc Ecko Entertainment. In 2007, Marc’s full-scale fashion and lifestyle company reported global retail sales of over $1.7 billion. Despite his success, Marc Ecko remains down-to-earth and philanthropic. To help those less fortunate, he founded the Tikva Children’s Home, an orphanage in Odessa, Ukraine, as well as Sweat Equity Enterprises, a design and innovation laboratory that aims to redefine vocational education. In recognition of his achievements, Marc has been honored with a 2006 MTV Video Music Award for “Best Videogame Soundtrack”, and is frequently included in such lists as Details magazine’s “Most Powerful Men Under 40,” Stuff magazine’s “Style Icons” list, DNR’s power list, and New York Magazine’s list of the City’s “Influentials.” In May 2009, Marc received his honorary degree from Rutgers University and was the keynote speaker at the university’s commencement. He has also gained international notoriety for his various efforts to disrupt the status quo, from two successful graffiti-based court battles against the city of New York, to the 2006 “Tagging Air Force One” viral video campaign, and by his purchase of Barry Bonds’ record breaking 756 homerun baseball, which he turned over to the public to decide on its fate. Marc, age 37, is married with three children and resides in Bernardsville, New Jersey.