Linus Torvalds is a Finnish-American software engineer who is the creator and developer of the operating system Linux. He has created several other software’s and was honored with many awards because of his contributions to computer and technology. Now let’s have a close look at Linus Torvalds’s net worth in 2018.
Linus Torvalds was born on December 28, 1969, in Helsinki, Finland. His father, Nils Torvalds, and mother, Anna Torvalds were both journalists. He comes from a family of highly qualified academics. Both of his parents were campus radicals at the University of Helsinki. His grandparents were famous personalities, Leo Törnqvist, a statistician and Ole Torvalds, who was a famous poet.
Linus Torvalds graduated with Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki where he belonged to NODES research group. After the first year, his academic education was interrupted as it is mandatory in Finland to join a Military service. There he did eleven-month officer program and was the second lieutenant. After finishing the military service, he went back to the university where he was exposed to the operating system UNIX for the first time.
Linus Torvalds is married to a six-times Finnish national karate champion, Tove Torvalds. Together the couple has three kids, Patricia, Celeste, and Daniela. Linus considers himself an atheist and believes that religion should be a personal choice and not a political issue.
In 2010, Linus Torvalds became the citizen of the United States of America and registered himself to vote in the States.
Linus’s computer craze began at the age of 11 when he bought Commodore VIC-20. But his career began to take shape when he purchased Intel 80386-based IBM PC. He obtained a MINIX operating system along with the PC and started working on the LINUX operating system. The first prototype of Linux was released in 1991 but the full version, i.e., LINUX Version 1.0 was released in 1994.
Linus then started working at the Transmeta in California, where he served the company for almost six years. He joined the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL). OSDL then merged with Free Standards Group to become the Linus Foundation. He started working on the file format that can be used on the common x86 PC. He called it ’86open’ project, which is a binary file format for the Unix and Unix-like operating system.
After the success with his creations, Linus was offered stocks in the companies, Red Hat and VA Linux. Some might call it lucky, the same year when he received the stocks, the price of the stocks shoot up to $20 million after both the companies went public. It was the situation where success was following Linus Torvalds.
Linus then shifted to Oregon with his family. He bought a house in Beaverton, Oregon close to the headquarters of Open Source Development Labs. Everything was perfect for Linus in Oregon, and after shifting to his new house, soon he came up with the software called Git. According to the reports, about two percent of the Linux Kernel was written by him, which is a big deal in the software industry.
Awards & Achievements
Linus Torvalds has achieved a lot of awards in his life for his contribution to the computers and technology. His first honor was when he was awarded EFF Pioneer Award. MIT Technology named him one of the top 100 inventors under the age of 35. Linus was also inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame and was awarded the Millennium Technology Prize. He was the winner of the C&C Prize.
Net Worth of Linus Torvalds
The estimated net worth of Linus Torvalds is approximately $150 million. According to the reports, Linus gets a salary of $10 million per year. He is one of the most successful people in the world of computers, and the computers are the main reason behind his hefty salary and such a huge net worth.
Linus Torvalds is a genius who gave the world a brand new operating system. He is one of the most influential people in the modern world and world is thankful to his genius brain for creating Linux. He is still happily married to his National Champion Karate wife and has three beautiful daughters.