Yvon Chouinard Net Worth is$200 Million
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Profession: Mountaineering

Date of Birth: 1938

Country: United States of America

Yvon Chouinard is an American "outdoors" businessman with a net worth of $200 million. Yvon Chouinard built his net worth in the outdoor industry with gear and clothing. He was born in Lewiston, Maine. He is the Founder of Black Diamond Equipment and Patagonia Clothing. He has been an avid rock climber and instructor.
Yvon Chouinard (born November 9, 1938) is a rock climber, environmentalist and outdoor industry businessman, noted for his contributions to climbing, climbing equipment and the outdoor gear business. His second company, Patagonia, is known for its environmental focus. According to Fortune magazine, Chouinard is arguably the most successful outdoor industry businessman alive today.
Chouinard is also a surfer, kayaker, falconer and fly fisherman, particularly fond of tenkara fly-fishing. He is a writer, first on climbing issues and ethics, and more lately on mixing environmentalism and sound business practice in the concept of a slow company. He has been on the cover of Fortune, and has been featured on CNBC's Squawk on the Street.
Chouinard's father was a French-Canadian handyman, mechanic, plumber. In 1946, he and his family moved from Maine to Southern California. His early climbing partners included Royal Robbins and Tom Frost. A Sierra Club member, in his youth he founded the Southern California Falconry Club, and it was his investigations of falcon aeries that led him to rock climbing. To save money, and make adaptations for the way he was climbing, he decided to make his own climbing tools, teaching himself blacksmithing, and eventually started a business.
In 1971, Chouinard met and married his wife, Malinda Pennoyer, who was an art and home economics student at California State University, Fresno. They have a son (Fletcher) and a daughter (Claire).
Chouinard was one of the leading climbers of the "Golden Age of Yosemite Climbing". He participated in the first ascent of the North America Wall in 1964 (with Royal Robbins, Tom Frost and Chuck Pratt), using no fixed ropes. The next year, his and TM Herbert's ascent of the Muir Wall on El Capitan improved the style of previous first ascents. Chouinard became the most articulate advocate of the importance of style, the basis of modern rock climbing.
In 1961, he visited the Canadian Rockies with Fred B

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Posted: August 14, 2017, 6:22 pm

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Be sure to watch Todd, along with Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews, Tim Romano and Steve Hemkens, in the short climate and angling film COLD WATERS.
Posted: August 11, 2017, 3:50 am

It Doesn’t Get Any More American Than This Tiny Fly-Fishing Brand

Wahoo Fitness' new cycling computer gets rid of excess technical features you'll never use -- unless you're training for the Tour. This is the kind of hard-wearing stuff that Yvon Chouinard wore when Patagonia was still just a tiny blacksmith shop.
Posted: August 4, 2017, 1:13 am

Sarah Lavender Smith – Speedgoat, Hardrock, Outdoor Retailer, and Ultra Training

Here’s the article featuring the billionaire founder of Patagoina Yvon Chouinard we spoke about. Top runners Anna Mae Flynn and Dylan Bowman at Speedgoat 50k.
Posted: August 4, 2017, 1:00 am

Patagonia Launches Its First Ever Workwear Line

Founded in 1973 by Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia has been quietly making dependable outdoor apparel and gear for four decades now, all while trying to leave the smallest ecological footprint possible. The folks who run the brand have never been concerned with ...
Posted: August 4, 2017, 1:56 am
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