Linus Torvalds Net Worth

Net Worth: $150 Million
  • Source of Wealth:

    Information Technology
  • Age:

  • Birth Place:

    Helsinki, Finland
  • Marital Status:

    Married to Tove Monni Torvalds
  • Full Name:

    Linus Benedict Torvalds
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About Linus Benedict Torvalds

Finnish-American software engineer and hacker Linus Torvalds has as estimated net worth of $150 million and an estimated annual salary of $10 million. He earned his net worth as the principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel. He held a position at Transmeta, Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group that later on merged and became the Linux Foundation. He then became the chief architect of the Linux kernel and now acts as the project’s coordinator. He has also created the revision control system Git and also the diving log software Subsurface. Along with Shinya Yamanaka, he was honored with the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland “in recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux kernel”.

Born Linus Benedict Torvalds on December 28, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland, Torvalds is the son of journalists Ana and Nils Torvalds who belong to the Swedish-speaking minority. He was named after Linus Pauling, the Nobel Prize-winning American chemist. However, in the book Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution, he said that he was named equally for Linus the Peanuts cartoon character. He attended the University of Helsinki between 1988 and 1996. He graduated with a master’s degree in computer science from NODES research group.

Torvalds’ interest in computers began with a Commodore VIC-20. He then purchased a Sinclair QL which he modified intensively especially with the operating system. He programmed an assembly language and a text editor as well as some games. He is also known to have written a Pac-Man clone called Cool Man. He purchased an Intel 80386-based IBM PC before receiving his MINIX copy that enabled him to begin work on Linux. He was awarded by NEC Corporation the C&C Prize in 2010 for his help in the advancement of the information technology industry.