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# Jen-Hsun Huang

Random fact: Was accidentally enrolled in a reform school in Kentucky as a teen.

Overview

Huang is the president and CEO of Nvidia, a maker of computer processors used in gaming, data center and automobile applications. The company had revenue of $6.9 billion in 2017. Huang co-founded the Santa Clara, California-based company in 1993 and introduced the first graphics processing unit in 1999.

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Biography

Birthdate: 2/17/1963
Family: Unmarried, 2 children
Education: Bachelor's Degree, Oregon State University Master's Degree, Stanford University

Huang was born in Taiwan and spent his early childhood there and in Thailand, where unrest prompted his parents to send him to live with relatives in Washington state. Thinking they were sending the boy to a private school, his relatives accidentally enrolled him in the Oneida Baptists Institute, a reform school in rural Kentucky, according to a 2002 Wired profile of the billionaire.

When he was reunited with his family in Oregon, he attended high school in Beaverton and became a nationally ranked table tennis player, according to a profile of Huang on the website of Oregon State University, where he received an undergraduate electrical engineering degree in 1984. Huang earned a masters degree in the subject from Stanford University in 1992.

He worked a couple of jobs in the technology industry before deciding to found Nvidia with friends Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem. The company had early success developing computer processors used to power video games, and created the first so-called graphics processing unit in 1999.

Huang has been president and CEO of Nvidia since its founding in 1993. The company held its initial public offering in 1999.

He lives in the Silicon Valley area with his wife Lori. They have two adult children, Madison and Spencer, according to a 2017 profile of the executive in Fortune.

Milestones
  • 1963 Jen-Hsun Huang is born in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • 1973 Huang is sent to live in the U.S. with relatives in Tacoma, Washington.
  • 1984 Earns degree from electrical engineering from Oregon State University.
  • 1992 Receives his masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
  • 1993 At age 29, founds Nvidia with two friends after a meal at Denny's.
  • 1999 Nvidia introduces the GPU and holds its IPO.
  • 2006 CUDA architecture introduced which expands Nvidia chip market beyond gaming.
  • 2016 Nvidia annual revenue surpasses $5 billion.