Resume: Walter Hewlett

BORN

June 23, 1944 in Washington, D.C.

EDUCATION

Lots of it. After getting his BA in physics from Harvard in 1966, he spent 12 years gathering three degrees from Stanford: an MA in engineering, an MA in operations research, and a doctorate in music.

FAMILY

Hewlett is married, with three kids. He's the eldest son of HP co-founder William Hewlett's five children. Sister Eleanor is married to former HP board member Jean-Paul G. Gimon. Bill Jr. is a psychiatry professor at Vanderbilt. James does volunteer work in the Silicon Valley area. Mary Hewlett-Jaffe is an environmentalist in the Portland (Ore.) area.

THE FRUGAL BILLIONAIRE

Hewlett owns $25 million in HP and Agilent stock and administers the $4 billion Hewlett family trust. But like his father, Walter eschews the trappings of wealth. He shops at Costco and drives a cherry-red EV1, GM's electric car.

RENAISSANCE MAN

He created the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities at Stanford in 1984 to digitize the scores of great composers. He loves computer programming so much that he often works through the night at the lab. He also plays 10 instruments.

MARATHON MAN

Finished 16th in the 1964 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:32, nearly fast enough to qualify for the Olympics. Still rides in the annual Markleeville Death Race, a 139-mile biking competition over high Sierra peaks.

FAVORITE CAUSES

He chairs the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the 19th-largest private foundation in the U.S. In 1986, he put up $660,000 to buy 560 acres in Cold Stream Canyon in the Sierras to help residents block development of a ski resort. The land is now part of a state park.

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

He has served on HP's board since 1987. He also serves on Harvard's Board of Overseers and on the board of Agilent, an HP spin-off. He chairs Vermont Telephone, a $100 million-a-year local phone company.

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