wales in august 2019
jimmy donal wales
august 7, 1966
|other names||jimbo (online moniker)|
- auburn university (bs)
- university of alabama, tuscaloosa (ms)
- indiana university, bloomington
formerly financial trader
|net worth||≈us$1 million (2014)|
- president of fandom, inc. (2004–present)
- chair of wikimedia foundation (2003–2006)
- chair emeritus of wikimedia foundation (2006–present)
|successor||florence devouard (as chair of wikimedia foundation)|
|board member of|
- wikimedia foundation
- creative commons
- sunlight foundation (advisory board)
- mit center for collective intelligence (advisory board)
- guardian media group (until april 2017)
- pamela green (1986–1993)
- christine rohan (1997–2011)
- kate garvey (2012–present)
jimmy donal "jimbo" wales (born august 7, 1966) is an american-british internet entrepreneur. he is a co-founder of the online non-profit encyclopedia wikipedia and the for-profit web hosting company wikia.
wales was born in huntsville, alabama, where he attended randolph school, a university-preparatory school. he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in finance from auburn university and the university of alabama respectively. in graduate school, wales taught at two universities; however, he departed before completing a phd to take a job in finance and later worked as the research director of a chicago futures and options firm.
in 1996, he and two partners founded bomis, a web portal featuring entertainment and adult content. bomis provided the initial funding for the free peer-reviewed encyclopedia, nupedia (2000–2003), and its successor, wikipedia. on january 15, 2001, with larry sanger and others, wales launched wikipedia—a free, open-content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity. as wikipedia's public profile grew, he became its promoter and spokesman. though he is historically credited as co-founder, he has disputed this, declaring himself the sole founder.
wales serves on the wikimedia foundation board of trustees, the charity that he helped establish to operate wikipedia, holding its board-appointed "community founder" seat. for his role in creating wikipedia, which has become the world's largest encyclopedia, in 2006 time named him one of "the 100 most influential people in the world".