Linus Torvalds Net Worth
Linus Torvalds Net Worth and salary: Linus Torvalds is a Finnish software engineer who has a net worth of $100 million. He is best-known for being the principal force and developer behind the Linux kernel, which is used by Linux distributions and with operating systems like Chrome and Android.
Early Life: Linus Torvalds was born December 28, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland. He is the grandson of poet Ole Torvalds and both of his parents were campus radicals at the University of Helsinki in the '60s. Torvalds was named after Linus Pauling, the Nobel Prize–winning American chemist. His interest in computers began with a Commodore VIC-20. He went on to purchase a Sinclair QL, which he modified extensively, including its operating system. He programmed an assembly language and a text editor for the QL, as well as miscellaneous games; Torvalds is known to have written a Pac-Man clone called Cool Man.
Linux: In 1991 Linus released the first prototype of a new operating system he called Linux. Linux Version 1.o was officially released on March 14, 1994. From 1997 to 1999 he was involved in 86open, helping choose the standard binary format for Linux and Unix. In 1999, he was named by the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the world's top 100 innovators under age 35. That same year Red Hat and VA Linux, both leading developers of Linux-based software, presented Torvalds with stock options in gratitude for his creation. Also in 1999, both companies went public and Torvalds' share value temporarily shot up to roughly $20 million. Currently, the Linux Foundation sponsors Torvalds to avail him to work full-time on improving Linux.
Torvalds is also credited with creating the revision control system Git as well as the diving log software Subsurface. He was honored, along with Shinya Yamanaka, with the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland "in recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux kernel". Torvalds was also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award.
|Net Worth:||$100 Million|
|Salary:||$1.5 Million Per Year|
|Date of Birth:||Dec 28, 1969 (51 years old)|
|Profession:||Programmer, Scientist, Software Engineer|