Ex-Starbucks CEO mulling presidential run to speak at Purdue

Keywords
Howard Schultz 600 px

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is making a stop at Purdue University to deliver a speech as he weighs a presidential bid in 2020.

The 65-year-old Seattle billionaire is scheduled to speak Thursday afternoon at Fowler Hall in Purdue's Stewart Center.

Schultz is mulling running for president as an independent and some Democrats fear he could tip the 2020 election to President Donald Trump by splitting their vote. Schultz served at Starbucks' helm from 1986 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2017.

Purdue Student Government President Aaron Banks calls Schultz's visit "an incredible opportunity for Purdue students."

There's limited space in the 388-seat Fowler Hall for Thursday's speech, but a livestream will be shown at Purdue's Loeb Playhouse, which is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Please enable JavaScript to view this content.

Story Continues Below

Editor's note: IBJ is now using a new comment system. Your Disqus account will no longer work on the IBJ site. Instead, you can leave a comment on stories by signing in to your IBJ account. If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. Past comments are not currently showing up on stories, but they will be added in the coming weeks. Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated.