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Apr 10, 2018

Kris Tompkins's 10-Million-Acre Life

Kris Tompkins speaks during a signing ceremony in Patagonia Park, Chile in January. (Photo: Esteban Felix/AP Images)
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After building Patagonia into an internationally renowned apparel brand, the company’s first CEO, Kris Tompkins, walked away from the job, following her heart to South America. She landed on a small farm in Chile, where she and her soon-to-be husband, the North Face founder Doug Tompkins, set to work conserving one of the last wild places on earth. But just as their dream of creating a network of parks stretching across Argentina and Chile was coming to fruition in 2015, she lost Doug in a kayaking accident. In response, Kris has doubled down on their vision while figuring out how to forge a new path forward on her own.

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