Who Owns Starbucks?

Although many believe Starbucks to be a fairly new business, it actually began in 1971. Starbucks was originally owned by three partners, Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegel, and Gordon Bowker. Howard Schultz joined the company in 1982, and purchased the Starbucks name and shares of the company from Baldwin, Siegel and Bowker in 1987. Who could have imagined that coffee would be so popular? Starbucks coffee chain currently operates in over 40 countries!