Andy Bechtolsheim Net Worth
Andy Bechtolsheim net worth: Andy Bechtolsheim is a German billionaire tech entrepreneur who has a net worth $10 billion dollars. Andy earned his first fortune as the founder of Sun Microsystems. The majority of his fortune comes thanks to Google. Andy was the FIRST investor in Google, handing Stanford grad students Larry Page and Sergey Brin a check for $100,000 in 1998.
Early Life: 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. 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 sale of the controller paid for his college tuition. 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.
Granite Systems: In 1995 Andy left Sun and co-founded an Ethernet networking company with Stanford professor David Cheriton. Their company, Granite Systems, was acquired by Cisco just one year later for $220 million. As 60% owner, Andy earned $132 million.
Other Investments: In 2001 David and Andy teamed up again to found a streaming video server called Kealia. Kealia was eventually acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2004.
In 2004 David and Andy co-founded network technology company Arista Networks. Arista went public in 2014 and today has a market cap of roughly $30 billion.
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.
|Net Worth:||$10 Billion|
|Date of Birth:||1955-09-30|
|Profession:||Electrical engineer, Engineer, Computer Scientist|