Andy Bechtolsheim net worth: Andy Bechtolsheim is a German billionaire who has a net worth $4.3 billion dollars. Born in Bavaria, Germany, Andy Bechtolsheim grew up largely isolated, and began experimenting with electronics to pass the time while he was in elementary school. By age 16, he had designed an industrial controller, the sale of which funded his education. After graduating from the University of Technology Munich, he earned his Master's Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and then began his Ph.D study in electrical engineering at Stanford University. While at Stanford, he designed the SUN workstation, and after partnering with Stanford Business School alum, Vinod Khosla, and Scott McNealy, the three founded Sun Microsystems. Bill Joy joined the team, and with the creation of the Sun-1, the company was off and running. By 1988, just six years after its founding, Sun Microsystems was worth $1 billion. Since then, he has founded or funded a number of other successful technology companies, including being the first investor in Google, Inc.
Born on 30 September 1955 in Germany, Andreas von Bechtolsheim, known as Andy, is an engineer who made his fortune as co-founder of Sun Microsystems and his profitable investments. Experimenting with electronics as a child, Andy designed an industrial control system on the Intel 8008 for a local company at the age of sixteen. The company's owners supported his education. Already a graduate of University of Technology Munich, Andy got a MA Fulbright Scholarship and moved to the U.S. to attend Carnegie Mellon University in 1975. Soon, Andy took a job at Stanford University, where he designed a powerful workstation (computer) named after the initials of the Stanford University Network, SUN workstation. Then in 1982, he left Stanford, and founded Sun Microsystems, the hardware company that reached $1 billion worth shares by 1988. Ten years later, Andy became an investor who is considered to be an "angel investor" as he wrote the first check of $100,000 to Google Inc. This initial investment is now worth more than $2 billion. He has also invested in many projects that brought him a bulk of money. Moreover, together with the billionaire David Cheriton, he has started three different technology companies that focused on IT networking. Andy is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, who won many awards such as a Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award and a Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation.