John Mackey is the founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market (NYSE: WFM), which has been a remarkable growth story since its start in 1980. Whole Foods started as a small store in Austin, Texas, and is now a $17 billion organic and natural grocery store market leader with more than 300 stores.

Mackey also founded the nonprofit Conscious Capitalism, which seeks to “liberate the entrepreneurial spirit for good.”

Last month, The Motley Fool’s own founder and CEO, Tom Gardner, ventured to Austin for a conversation with Mackey on business, leadership, company culture, and his legacy. Watch the video below to see why Mackey believes businesspeople are heroes, and why businesses should be out to do more than just make money. (A transcript is provided below; running time: 4:51.)

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