Our Founder

“Introducing balanced nutrition to millions of
people in the world is a dream come true for me.”

—Mark Hughes, 1956-2000      

Mark Hughes passed away in 2000, but his vision for changing people’s lives – helping people manage their weight, regain their health and find financial prosperity – continues to thrive.

Today, approximately 2.3 million Herbalife Independent Members in more than 90 countries are making their dreams of a healthier life and financial independence come true.


“You can’t stop a good idea from taking hold and spreading.”
The extraordinary vision and commitment that inspired Mark Hughes to found Herbalife began when he was a young man. In 1980, Mark launched Herbalife by working as the first Member selling the nutritional products.

As more and more people tried the products and experienced positive results, the business quickly expanded. Mark developed a network of Members who shared his vision, were passionate about the products and excited about the business opportunity.

“Through your efforts, people are discovering new worlds of opportunity and an eternal hope for the future.”
Speak with people who met Mark and they will tell you how he motivated them to commit themselves to reach greater heights personally and professionally. He inspired people from all walks of life through his faith in people’s ability to change lives, starting with their own. Mark believed that one person can truly make a difference and that difference is a healthier world.

“I am convinced the future will be brilliant beyond compare.”
In honor of Mark’s pioneering work in weight management and nutrition, Herbalife helped establish the Mark Hughes Cellular & Molecular Nutrition Laboratory at UCLA in 2003, dedicated to nutrition research.

Herbalife is a Proud Member of the Direct Selling Association and a Signatory to the DSA Code of Ethics

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