Our History

For more than 30 years, Herbalife has built upon the vision of its Founder and First Member Mark Hughes (1956–2000) to bring good nutrition and an unrivaled business opportunity to people around the world.

2015
Herbalife launches Herbal Tea Concentrate in new Chai flavor.

Construction commences on our manufacturing facility in Nanjing, China.

Herbalife24® CR7 Drive launches in the United States and EMEA.

Herbalife announces record 10-year extension as official presenting sponsor and jersey sponsor of LA Galaxy.

Herbalife celebrates milestone 35th anniversary.

Tens of thousands take part in World Record Workout, setting a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Achievement.

Herbalife partners with the Special Olympics World Games, held in Los Angeles, to support more than 700 athletes from around the world.

Herbalife partners with the American Red Cross to supply post-donation snacks to blood and platelet donors.

12 HFF Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world.

Herbalife achieves net sales of $4.5 billion.

19 Herbalife Extravaganza events take place across 17 countries, with 158,000 Independent Herbalife Members in attendance.

2014Herbalife® Green Tea lanches in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Fifteen Herbalife Extravaganza events take place across 20 countries, with more than 150,000 Independent Herbalife Members in attendance.

A total of 52 Herbalife Independent Distributorships have now achieved Charman’s Club.

Herbalife Adds the Vietnam National Olympic Committee to an international roster of more that 190 world-class athletes, teams and sporting events.

Herbalife Family Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary with more than 120 Casa Herbalife programs around the world.

Herbalife introduces the Gold Standard in consumer protection.

2013
Herbalife opens in Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan.

Twelve HFF Casa Herbalife programs open around the world.

Herbalife becomes the Global Nutrition PArtner of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Herbalife SKIN® product line launches in United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Seventeen Herbalife Extravaganza events take place across 12 countries, with more than 150,000 Herbalife Independent Distributors in Attendance.

Herbalife becomes the Official Nutrition Partner of the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup, and eight-team tournament that features some of the world’s best and most prestigious socces clubs in a series of elimination matches.

2012
Herbalife opens in Slovenia, Uruguay, Serbia, Macedonia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Bonia, Moldova and Trinidad and Tobago.

Herbalife24® product line launches in Mexico, Brazil and in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Thirteen HFF Casa Herbalife programs open around the world.

A total of 47 Independent Distributiships have now achieved Chairman’s Club.

Herbalife becomes the title sponsor of the Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles.

Herbalife opens its first botanical extraction facility in Changsha, China, ensuring more quality control over botanical ingredients used in Herbalife® products.

Herbalife purchases a new manufacturing facility in Wiston-Salem, North Carolina.

Herbalife and the LA Galaxy announce a record 10-year extension to their sponsorship agreement.

Herbalife South Korea wins the 2012 Most Trusted Brand Award in the health functional food category for second consecutive year.

Herbalife releases “Herbalife24Fit” DVDs – a comprehensive 24-week program formulated to effectively improve fitness.

The europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region introduces Formula 1 Allergen-Free for those with common food allergies.

2011
Herbalife opens in Georgia, Belarus, Lebanon, Mongolia and Ghana.

Herbalife records $5.4 billion in retail sales in 2011, surpassing Mark Hughes’ vision of $5 billion.

Herbalife Innovation and Manufacturing (H.I.M.) facility in Lake Forest, Calif., adds independent Member Tours.

HFF raises money for earthquake, tsunami, tornado and flood relief efforts in Japan, United States and Brazil.

Herbalife becomes the title sponsor of the Herbalife World Football Challenge, featuring top soccer teams from around the globe including Herbalife-sponsored teams the LA Galaxy and FC Barcelona.

Gary Small, M.D., an expert in brain health and aging, joins the Editorial Board of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute.

Nine HFF Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world.

Herbalife24, the first comprehensive performance nutrition line empowering athletes 24 hours a day, launches.

The Herbal Aloe product line, featuring new packaging and formulations, launches.

Prolessa™ Duo launches.

2010
Herbalife celebrates 30 years of changing people’s lives.

Herbalife opens in Aruba and Bulgaria.

HFF raises money for flood and earthquake relief efforts in Mexico, Thailand, Chile and Haiti.

Herbalife adds global sports icons Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona to a sponsorship roster of more than 100 international athletes, teams and sporting events.

Groundbreaking ceremony in Changsha, China for Herbalife’s new botanical ingredient extraction facility.

Herbalife establishes the Herbalife Nutrition Institute (HerbalifeNutritionInstitute.com) to serve as an educational resource on good nutrition and health.

Sixteen HFF Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world.

CoQ10 launches.

Formula 1 Allergen-Free launches with new Herbalife-branded packaging.

2009
Herbalife opens in Vietnam and Paraguay.HFF raises money for wildfire, earthquake, typhoon and tsunami relief efforts in Australia, Italy, Taiwan, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Seven HFF Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world.

Herbalife opens the Herbalife Innovation and Manufacturing (H.I.M.) facility in Southern California, allowing for better control of global product development and supply chain.

Formula 1 Express Healthy Meal Bar launches in Europe.

Soft Green skincare line launches in Brazil.

2008
Herbalife opens in Romania, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Ecuador.Herbalife sponsors several athletes, including the Chinese National Cycling Team, IndyCar racer Townsend Bell, the American Youth Soccer Organization and Hungarian sprint conoeist, Attila Vajda.

Nine Herbalife Family Foundation’s Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world.

Two clinical studies, conducted at UCLA* and the University of Ulm, Germany, are completed, showing the effectiveness of U.S. and European Formula 1.

Launch of Herbal Aloe Powder and Active Fiber Complex.

Herbalife worldwide corporate headquarters moves to L.A. Live, in downtown Los Angeles, CA.

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2007
Herbalife opens in El Salvador and Zambia.Herbalife becomes Presenting Sponsor of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team and is featured on the team jerseys; the jersey becomes a global best-seller for 2007.

Herbalife sponsors volleyball gold medalist and world record holder Karch Kiraly (U.S.).

Herbalife sponsors the Finnish National Ice Hockey Teams and is featured on the team jersey.

Herbalife awards a research grant to the University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy, to study botanicals for use in dietary supplements and skincare products.

Nine Herbalife Family Foundation’s Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world.

Soft Green personal care products launch in Brazil.

Launch of H30® Fitness Drink and Herbalife Kids ®. Formula 1.

2006
Herbalife opens in Peru, Malaysia and Costa Rica.The Medical Advisory Board is renamed Nutrition Advisory Board and broadens to include renowned physicians and health experts from around the world.

14 Herbalife Family Foundation’s Casa Herbalife programs launch around the world.

Herbalife Sponsors beach volleyball athletes, Elaine Youngs (U.S.) and Miwa Asao (Japan), and triathlete Olly Freeman (U.K.).

Extravaganzas take place in Chile, Thailand, United States, Greece, Mexico and Brazil.

Skin Activator® line launches.

2005
Herbalife opens in Hungary; China launches under a new business model.Herbalife Family Foundation donates to tsunami disaster relief programs. Donations from employees and Independent Members reach over $500,000.

Herbalife Family Foundation donates to Katrina and other hurricane disaster relief efforts. Herbalife Family Foundation charity event raises $1 million.

Herbalife becomes the Official Nutrition Sponsor of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team.

25th Herbalife Anniversary is celebrated.

Mark Hughes Day, the annual celebration of Mark’s life and legacy, moves to February 1st.

The Herbalife Family Foundation’s Casa Herbalife program launches, with six Casa Herbalife programs opening around the world.

Luigi Gratton, M.D., M.P.H., joins Herbalife’s Medical Advisory Board.

Launch of NouriFusion®, ShapeWorks®, Core Complex and Liftoff®.

2004
Herbalife opens in Bolivia.Herbalife begins trading publicly on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

Launch of Garden 7®, Radiant C® Body Lotion SPF 15 and Radiant C® Daily Facial Scrub Cleanser, Herbal Aloe Soft Hold Hairspray, Herbal Aloe Hand Cream and Herbal Aloe Bath & Body Bar.

2003
Herbalife opens in Estonia, Singapore and Lithuania.Michael O. Johnson joins Herbalife as CEO.

Dr. Lou Ignarro, Nobel* Laureate, becomes a member of Herbalife’s Medical Advisory Board.

David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N., is appointed chairman of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Boards.

Niteworks® launches in the United States (with over $4 million in sales in first 2 weeks).

Launch of Snack Defense®.

*The Nobel Foundation has no affiliation with Herbalife and does not review, approve or endorse Herbalife® products.

2002
Herbalife opens in Latvia, Ukraine and Macau.Herbalife is acquired by the private firms of J.H.Whitney & Co., LLC, and Golden Gate Capital, Inc., and is held as a private entity.

Launch of Total Control®.

2001
Herbalife opens in Colombia, China and Croatia.May 21 — The first Mark Hughes Tribute Day, featuring 24 hours of web (HBN) broadcasting and continuous celebration at worldwide events.
2000
Herbalife opens in Cyprus, Panama and Ireland.May 21 — The untimely death and tragic loss of beloved founder and visionary Mark Hughes, 1956—2000.

Herbalife’s 20th Anniversary.

Launch of Gold and Triple Berry Complex.

1999
Herbalife opens in Jamaica, Iceland, India and Slovak Republic.Mark Hughes appears on the cover of Network Marketing magazine (U.S.).

Launch of Colour cosmetics line.

1998
Herbalife opens in Indonesia, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Turkey and Swaziland.Chairman’s Class happens in Palm Springs, CA, with guest speakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former U.S. President Gerald Ford.

Mark Hughes opens an orphanage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and names it Casa Herbalife.

Launch of Ocular Defense Formula.

1997
Herbalife opens in Chile and Thailand.Mark undertakes an extensive world tour, holding meetings in Holland, Japan, Brazil and the U.S.

Geri Cvitanovich, 1st Founder’s Circle member, is designated.

Mark Hughes receives the “Greater Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Award.”

Launch of Dinokids.

1996
Herbalife opens in Greece and Korea.New communications systems launch: Herbalife.com, TouchFon, voice and fax messaging systems.

Herbalife moves into its Executive Offices to 1800 Century Park East, Century City, CA.

1995
Herbalife opens in Russia, Taiwan, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, South Africa, Finland and Norway.Dermajetics® skincare line launches.

HBN launches in the United States and Europe.

1994
Herbalife opens in Venezuela, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Belgium, Poland, Denmark, Sweden and the Philippines.The global charitable organization, Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF), is founded by Mark Hughes.
1993
Herbalife opens in the Netherlands.Geri Cvitanovich (U.S.) and Carol & Alan Lorenz (U.K.) become the first to reach Chairman’s Club.

Launch of N-R-G Instant Tea Mix.

1992
Herbalife opens in Portugal, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Italy and Japan.Launch of Thermogenics. ®
1991
The “Mission for Nutrition/Get on Board” campaign launches, setting $400 million in sales by 1992.

Cell Activator® launches.

1990
Herbalife opens in France and Germany.Herbalife celebrates the company’s 10-Year Anniversary.
1989
Herbalife® opens in Mexico, Spain and Israel.Herbalife trainings evolve, featurings on-stage appearances by President’s Team members.
1988
Herbalife opens in New Zealand.Herbalife Diet Disc launches.
1987
Herbalife broadcasts live to Australia with simultaneous interpretation in two languages.Mark Hughes shares his passion about Herbalife during a satellite broadcast shown to millions.
1986
Herbalife goes public, trading on the NASDAQ exchange.Jim Rohn, internationally noted business philosopher and motivational speaker, teams up with Herbalife.

1st flavored Formula 1 is introduced in Chicago, IL.

1985
Mark Hughes testifies before congress.Approximately 3,000 Herbalife supporters rally in Washington, D.C., during Senate hearings on weight-loss products.

Herbalife’s Medical Advisory Board is established.

Herbalife celebrates its 5th Anniversary.

Mark makes a guest appearance on the Merv Griffin show and talks about Herbalife.

Xtra-Cal® launches.

1984
Herbalife opens its 1st European country, the United Kingdom.81 Distributors from around the world attend the first international Corporate School in Toronto, Canada.

Herbalife broadcasts 1st satellite program over its own network (HCN), and airs 1st infomercial, introducing Kindermins®

Schizandra Plus launches. Herbalife Moves its headquarters to 9800 S. La Cienega Blvd., Inglewood, CA

1983
Herbalife opens in AustraliaThe Herbalife Journal becomes a monthly publication received by all Distributors.

Launch of Herbalifeline®.

1982
Herbalife opens in Canada.Herbalife’s first computer system is acquired.
1981
The first President’s Workshop is held in January, led by Mark.Herbalife® skincare and hair products launch.

Herbalife headquarters and warehouse at 5741 Buckingham Heights Parkway, Culver City, CA

1980
Mark Hughes launches Herbalife in Los Angeles, CA, in February 1980, and begins rewriting network marketing history.Mark sells the original program out of the trunk of his car.

The original Formula 1, Formula 2 and N.R.G. launch.

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