About Jimmy

Jimmy Wales, American Internet entrepreneur and founder of Wikipedia, was born in Huntsville, Alabama.  He attended Randolph School, a university-preparatory school, then earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance. While in graduate school, he taught at two universities, but left before completing a Ph.D. in order to take a job in finance and later worked as the research director of a Chicago futures and options firm.

In 2001, together with Larry Sanger and others, Wales helped launch Wikipedia, a free, open content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity, and as Wikipedia’s public profile grew, he became the project’s promoter and spokesman.  Wales serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organization he helped establish to operate Wikipedia, holding its board-appointed “community founder” seat. In 2004, he co-founded Wikia, a for-profit wiki-hosting service, of which he was the CEO until 2006.

Wales’s work is grounded in the principles of “freedom, liberty, and individual rights,” which are his core principles.  Wales, an advocate of free markets and limited government, speaks out often on issues of the day.  He has lived in St. Petersburg, Florida since 2002.

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