Mike Markkula Net Worth
Mike Markkula is an American entrepreneur who was an angel investor and second CEO of Apple Computer, Inc., providing early critical funding and managerial support and has a net worth $1.2 billion. Mike Markkula earned his net worth as an investor and entrepreneur. He received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He made millions on stock options he acquired as a marketing manager for Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, and retired at 32. He is a legendary venture capitalist who provided early critical funding for Apple Computer. In 1976, Jobs along with two of his friends, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded Apple and was eventually funded by A.C."Mike" Markkula Jr., a semi-retired Intel product manager and engineer. In 1977, he brought his business expertise and became a one-third owner of Apple and employee number 3. In the beginning, he considered Apple a temporary avocation and he promised his wife, that he would spend no more than four years at the start-up. But he soon discovered within himself a remarkable aptitude for the details needed to build a high technology company. Steve Wozniak credits Markkula for the success of Apple more than himself. He helped the new company obtain credit and venture capital, brought in Michael Scott as the first president and CEO, then took the job himself from 1981 to 1983. He wrote several early Apple II programs, served as a beta tester for Apple hardware and software. He is an investor in Crowd Technologies, a startup developing a web application called Piqqem that applies the wisdom of crowds to stock market predictions and he is also an investor in Scotland based RunRev. His work with Apple was recently featured in the documentary film Something Ventured which premiered in 2011. Mike Markkula was born on February 11, 1942.