Eric Schmidt

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Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an American businessman and software engineer who was the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, executive chairman of Google from 2011 to 2015,[2] executive chairman of Alphabet Inc.[3][4][5] from 2015 to 2017,[2] and Technical Advisor at Alphabet from 2017 to 2020.[6]

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Eric Schmidt
Eric Emerson Schmidt

(1955-04-27) April 27, 1955 (age 67)
EducationPrinceton University (BS)
University of California, Berkeley (MS, PhD)
Years active1983–present
EmployerSchmidt Futures
TitleCo-founder of Schmidt Futures[1]
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1980)
Scientific career
ThesisControlling large software development in a distributed environment (1982)
Doctoral advisorRobert S. Fabry

As an intern at Bell Labs, Schmidt in 1975 was co-author of Lex,[7][8][9] a software program to generate lexical analysers for the Unix computer operating system. From 1997 to 2001, he was chief executive officer (CEO) of Novell.[10] He has served on various other boards in academia and industry, including the Boards of Trustees for Carnegie Mellon University,[11] Apple,[12] Princeton University,[13] and Mayo Clinic.[14]

In 2008, during his tenure as Google chairman, Schmidt campaigned for Barack Obama,[15] and subsequently became a member of Obama's President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, with Eric Lander.[16] Lander later became Joe Biden's science advisor. In the meantime, Schmidt had left Google, and founded philanthropic venture Schmidt Futures, in 2017. Under Schmidt's tenure, Schmidt Futures provided the compensation for two science-office employees in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.[17]

As of April 2022, Bloomberg Billionaires Index ranked Schmidt as the 54th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $25.1 billion.[18]