John R. Ingram
|Born||1961/1962 (age 57-58)|
|Education||Princeton University (BA) |
Vanderbilt University (MBA)
|Stephanie Currey Ingram|
|Parent(s)||E. Bronson Ingram II|
Martha Rivers Ingram
|Relatives||Orrin Henry Ingram (great-great-grandfather)|
Julius Ingram (great-great-great uncle)
Erskine B. Ingram (great-grandfather)
Frederic B. Ingram (uncle)
Ingrid Goude (aunt by marriage)
Orrin H. Ingram II (brother)
David Bronson Ingram (brother)
Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. (father-in-law)
John R. Ingram (born 1961/1962) is an American heir, businessman and philanthropist. He serves as the chairman of the Ingram Content Group, Lightning Source and Digital Ingram, and Ingram Industries. He is the owner of Nashville SC.
His paternal, fifth-generation grandfather, David Ingram, was an immigrant from Leeds, England. His paternal great-great-grandfather, Orrin Henry Ingram, was a lumber baron in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and an early investor in Friedrich Weyerhäuser's timber interests, later known as the Weyerhaeuser corporation.
Ingram joined the family business, Ingram Industries, in 1986. He worked for Ingram Micro, in Santa Ana, California, then in Belgium, during the 1990s. He served as vice-chairman of Ingram Industries, from 1999 to 2008, and now serves as chairman. He also serves as its CEO and chairman of the Ingram Content Group. He has been a member of the board of directors of Ingram Micro since 1996, and sits on the advisory board of FCA Venture Partners.
In August 2017, Ingram became "the lead investor in the effort to bring a Major League Soccer team to Nashville, later known as the Nashville SC, alongside fellow billionaires Mark Wilf, Zygi Wilf and Leonard Wilf. To avoid a "conflict of interest," Ingram decided not to participate in negotiations on behalf of Vanderbilt University, where he serves as trustee (as does Mark Wilf), about a new stadium potentially built by the university; the university decided to opt out of the plan in September.
In November 2017, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry suggested giving away "10 acres of city-owned fairgrounds land for a mix-use development next to the stadium" to the developers, including Ingram. Some councilmembers objected to the plan, but Ingram called it "an essential part of our proposal in the private/public partnership."
As of December 2017, Ingram is expected to offset the construction costs of the $275 million Nashville Fairgrounds Stadium. In particular, he is expected to pay "$25 million up front and $9 million a year over 30 years to help retire Metro's annual $13 million debt for the $225 bond issuance."
Ingram sits on the boards of trustees of the National Book Foundation and the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Vanderbilt University, the Montgomery Bell Academy, and the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville. He is a member of the Charles Davis Foundation and the Princeton Varsity Club Advisory Committee. The John R. Ingram '83 Endowed Fund for Athletics in the Department of Athletics at Princeton is named for him.