Jimmy Wales

  • jimmy wales
    jimmy wales - august 2019 (cropped).jpg
    wales in august 2019
    born
    jimmy donal wales

    (1966-08-07) august 7, 1966 (age 53)
    huntsville, alabama, u.s.
    other namesjimbo (online moniker)[1]
    education
    • auburn university (bs)
    • university of alabama, tuscaloosa (ms)
    • indiana university, bloomington
    occupationinternet entrepreneur
    formerly financial trader
    net worthus$1 million[1][2] (2014)
    title
    • president of fandom, inc. (2004–present)
    • chair of wikimedia foundation (2003–2006)
    • chair emeritus of wikimedia foundation (2006–present)
    successorflorence 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)[3]
    spouse(s)
    • pamela green (1986–1993)
    • christine rohan (1997–2011)
    • kate garvey (2012–present)
    children3 daughters
    awardssee below
    websiteofficial website
    signature
    jimmy wales signature.svg

    jimmy donal "jimbo" wales[1] (born august 7, 1966) is an american-british[4] internet entrepreneur.[2][5] he is a co-founder of the online non-profit encyclopedia wikipedia[6] and the for-profit web hosting company wikia.[7]

    wales was born in huntsville, alabama, where he attended randolph school, a university-preparatory school.[8][9] he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in finance from auburn university and the university of alabama respectively.[9] 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.[10][11]

    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".[12]

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Jimmy Wales
Jimmy Wales - August 2019 (cropped).jpg
Wales in August 2019
Born
Jimmy Donal Wales

(1966-08-07) August 7, 1966 (age 53)
Other namesJimbo (online moniker)[1]
Education
OccupationInternet entrepreneur
formerly financial trader
Net worthUS$1 million[1][2] (2014)
Title
SuccessorFlorence Devouard (as Chair of Wikimedia Foundation)
Board member of
Spouse(s)
  • Pamela Green (1986–1993)
  • Christine Rohan (1997–2011)
  • Kate Garvey (2012–present)
Children3 daughters
AwardsSee below
WebsiteOfficial website
Signature
Jimmy Wales signature.svg

Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales[1] (born August 7, 1966) is an American-British[4] Internet entrepreneur.[2][5] He is a co-founder of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia[6] and the for-profit web hosting company Wikia.[7]

Wales was born in Huntsville, Alabama, where he attended Randolph School, a university-preparatory school.[8][9] He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in finance from Auburn University and the University of Alabama respectively.[9] 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.[10][11]

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".[12]