Magie Cook

Magie Cook

Business Strategist I Speaker I Nobel Prize Winner I Homeless to Millionaire

Magie Cook is a Latina Entrepreneur & Philanthropist who started her company with $800 when she was homeless. Her company later sold to Campbell's for $231M.

Magie, whose birth name is Magdalena De La Cruz Cook-Garcia, is an immigrant who was born in an orphanage in Mexico. She grew up in poverty along with 68 brothers and sisters. She missed her opportunity to play basketball for the Mexican National Team because she broke her collarbone. Shortly after, she immigrated to the US on a basketball scholarship at the University of Charleston.

After obtaining her college degree, and not being able to find a job, Magie became homeless and lived on the streets during a snowy winter. When someone recognized her on the street, she was given a place to stay. A few weeks later, she entered a Fresh Salsa competition for the State of West Virginia and won unanimously. At this event, a man gave her $800 to start her business.

Not knowing anything about business and with perseverance, she created Maggie's All-Natural Fresh Salsas & Dips, a company that grew into a multi-million-dollar business within 4 years and distributed products across 38 states to major supermarkets such as Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Whole Foods, and many more.

At the height of its success in 2015, Maggie's Salsa sold to Campbell's Soup. 

Magie became a Minister, later, she went back to Mexico and rescued 31 orphaned children from a Drug Cartel.

She was awarded a Nobel Entrepreneurial Prize and shortly after, she started a movement with an idea that solves the generational problem of human (sex) trafficking.

In 2019 she began working with the Hollywood Dreams International Film Festival to make a feature film about her story.