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# Brian Chesky

Random fact: Company initially called Airbed & Breakfast.


Chesky is co-founder and chief executive officer of closely held Airbnb, the room-sharing service with more than 3 million listings in 65,000 cities worldwide. The San Francisco-based company allows users to rent a couch, bedroom or house and has had more than 160 million guests since it was founded in August 2008.

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Industry Services
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Citizenship United States
Age 35
Wealth Self-made
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Birthdate: 8/29/1981
Family: Unmarried, No children
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design

Chesky was born on Aug. 29, 1961, the son of two social workers, according to a June 2015 article in Fortune. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design he moved to San Francisco and rented a flat with classmate Joe Gebbia. Running short of rent in October 2007 they sold sleeping spaces in their apartment and decided to commercialize the idea.

After being joined by engineer and co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk, the trio started a website in August 2008 and were accepted into startup incubator Y Combinator in 2009. A year later they received their first round of venture capital funding.

Today Airbnb has more than 3 million listings in 65,000 cities worldwide, according to its website. A funding round valued Airbnb at $31 billion in March 2017. The trio joined the Giving Pledge in June 2016.

  • 1981 Brian Chesky is born.
  • 2004 Graduates from Rhode Island School of Design.
  • 2007 Rents out airbeds in his San Francisco apartment.
  • 2008 Airbnb is founded.
  • 2009 Company joins startup incubator Y Combinator.
  • 2011 Actor Ashton Kutcher invests in Airbnb.
  • 2016 Signs the Giving Pledge.
  • 2016 Funding round values Airbnb at $30 billion.