Shahid Khan to be featured on '60 Minutes'
URBANA— Shahid Khan, president of Urbana-based Flex-N-Gate and the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, will be profiled this Sunday on the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes."
The episode is scheduled to be broadcast locally at 6 p.m. Sunday on WCIA-TV.
According to a written release from CBS News, "60 Minutes" contributor Byron Pitts will tell the story of the Pakistan-born immigrant and his journey to the top of the American business world.
Pitts and a team of producers spent several days with Khan earlier this year in preparation for the episode, according to CBS.
The segment will tell how Khan came to the United States in 1967 to go to college with $500 to his name.
After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1971 with an engineering degree, Khan made a fortune after he designed and developed a one-piece truck bumper that became a phenomenal success.
Today, two-thirds of all cars and trucks sold in the United States have at least one part made by Flex-N-Gate, according to the release.
In December 2011, NFL owners unanimously approved Khan as the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The "60 Minutes" profile will also include a visit to Khan's old neighborhood in Lahore, Pakistan, where Khan reportedly visits his mom and brother in their family home.
Khan is a member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors.
In 2011, Khan was one of six Illinois residents to receive Order of Lincoln medallions from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, making him a Lincoln Laureate.
In 2007, Shahid and his wife, Ann Carlson Khan, gave $2.5 million to create five Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan professorships at the UI in the Center on Health, Aging and Disability in the College of Applied Health Sciences.
The Khans also gave the Urbana campus $10 million to fund a center on healthy aging, public health and accessibility at Huff Hall called the Khan Annex.
In addition, the Khans donated money for the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the UI.