Executive Chairman, Fanatics
Renowned internet entrepreneur Michael Rubin is the Executive Chairman of Fanatics, the global leader for licensed sports merchandise. Powering multi-channel commerce for the world’s largest leagues and sports brands, Fanatics is changing the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel through an innovative approach to quickly making and distributing fan gear in today’s on-demand culture.
As founder/CEO of Kynetic, he also owns two other businesses at the forefront of online commerce: the Rue Gilt Groupe, owner of two of the top online private sale destinations in the U.S., and ShopRunner, a members-only service aggregating shopping benefits from top retailers and brands. Rubin has always been on the cutting edge of commerce. Prior to Fanatics, he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GSI Commerce, a network of e-commerce, multichannel and digital marketing businesses. In a span of 12 years, Rubin built GSI to service 150 of the top 500 internet retailers before selling the company to eBay for $2.4 billion.
In addition to his entrepreneurial success, Michael is a criminal justice reform advocate and the co-chairman of the REFORM Alliance, an organization that includes some of the biggest names in sports, business and culture that’s dedicated to advancing criminal justice reform and eradicating probation laws that perpetuate injustice in the United States.
Named annually as one of the most influential people in sports business, he is also a partner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils.