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Andreas von Bechtolsheim

Cofounder, Chief Development Officer and Chairman, Arista Networks
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Net worth 2018: $7.1 Billion
Industry: Technology
Residence: Palo Alto, California
Country: Germany
BirthDay: 30 September 1955
Sigh: Libra
Education: Master of Science, Carnegie Mellon University
BIOGRAPHY

Andreas von Bechtolsheim was bornon 30 September 1955 in Palo Alto, California, Germany, is Cofounder, Chief Development Officer and Chairman, Arista Networks. Andreas von Bechtolsheim is #235 in List Billionaires People In The World. Andreas "Andy" von Bechtolsheim is cofounder, chairman and chief development officer of network switching company Arista Networks. Much of his fortune stems from an early $100,000 investment in Google. He is also an angel investor. He has earmarked his nearly 20% stake in Arista for his heirs. In 1982 he cofounded tech hardware firm Sun Microsystems with Bill Joy, Scott McNealy and Vinod Khosla. Oracle bought Sun in 2010 for $7.4 billion. Born in Germany, Bechtolsheim studied computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and went to Stanford University for his Ph.D.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2009

$1.4 Billion

2010

$2 Billion

2011

$2.3 Billion

2012

$2.3 Billion

2013

$2.8 Billion

2014

$3.8 Billion

2015

$4.6 Billion

2016

$3.7 Billion

2017

$4.5 Billion

2018

$7.1 Billion

TIMELINE
2015

From 2015-17, Bechtolsheim was an investor in the Seed, Series A, and Series B rounds of PerimeterX, an automated attack mitigation SaaS awarded by Gartner as one of its 2017 Cool Vendors

2013

Two prominent Open Compute innovation leaders will receive awards at Open Server/Open Storage Summit 2013

2012

That same year, he was voted by IT Pros in 2012 as the person who contributed most to server innovation in the last 20 years

2010

Tapulous was acquired by the Walt Disney Company in 2010

2009

Bechtolsheim gave the opening keynote speech at the International Supercomputing Conference in 2009

2008

He was reportedly an early investor in Claria Corporation, which ceased operating in 2008

2006

Haber, a former colleague at Sun, to invest in wireless chip company CrestaTech in 2006 and 2008

2005

Along with Cheriton, in 2005 Bechtolsheim launched another high-speed networking company, Arastra

2004

In February 2004, Sun Microsystems announced it was acquiring Kealia in a stock swap

2003

He became Vice President and general manager of Cisco's Gigabit Systems Business Unit, until leaving the company in December 2003 to head Kealia, Inc

2001

Bechtolsheim founded Kealia in early 2001 with Stanford Professor David Cheriton, a partner in Granite Systems, to work on advanced server technologies using the Opteron processor from Advanced Micro Devices

1999

Bechtolsheim received a Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation in 1999, a Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering

1998

Bechtolsheim and Cheriton were two of the first investors in Google, investing US$100,000 each in September 1998

1996

In 1996, Cisco Systems acquired the firm for $220 million, with Bechtolsheim owning 60%

1995

In 1995, Bechtolsheim left Sun to found Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet startup focused on developing high-speed network switches

1986

Sun Microsystems had its Initial Public Offering in 1986 and reached $1 billion in sales by 1988

1982

The three wrote a short business plan and quickly received funding from venture capitalists in 1982

1980

Bechtolsheim's advisor was Forest Baskett and in 1980 Vaughan Pratt also provided leadership to the SUN project

1977

In 1977, he moved to Silicon Valley to work for Intel, but quit when they transferred him to Oregon the first week

1975

He received a Fulbright Award and moved to the US in 1975 to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his master's degree in computer engineering in 1976

1974

As an engineering student at Technical University of Munich Bechtolsheim entered the Jugend forscht contest for young researchers, and after entering for three years, won the physics prize in 1974

1963

In 1963 his family moved to Rome, and then in 1968 to Nonnenhorn on Lake Constance in Germany

1955

Andreas von Bechtolsheim (born 30 September 1955), known as Andy Bechtolsheim, is a German electrical engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and self-made billionaire

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