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David Cheriton

Professor, Stanford University
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Net worth 2018: $6.3 Billion
Industry: Technology
Residence: Palo Alto, California
Country: Canada
BirthDay: 29 March 1951
Sigh: Aries
Children: 4
Education: Doctorate, University of Waterloo; Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of British Columbia; Master of Science, University of Waterloo

David Cheriton was bornon 29 March 1951 in Palo Alto, California, Canada, is Professor, Stanford University. David Cheriton is #294 in List Billionaires People In The World. "Professor Billionaire" David Cheriton, who teaches at Stanford University, made his fortune thanks to an early investment in Google. Cheriton and Andreas von Bechtolsheim (also now a billionaire) each invested $10,000 in Google when it was just getting started. The pair cofounded 3 companies: Arista Networks (IPO in 2014), Granite Systems (sold to Cisco in 1996) and Kealia (sold to Sun Microsystems in 2004). Cheriton resigned from Arista's board in March 2014 and has been unloading his stock; he still owns nearly 10% through a trust for his children.


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I feel like I've been very fortunate in investing, but I still have the brain of a scrounger in terms of spending money.

David Cheriton

We’re trying to lower the cost and to fit these systems in existing memory structures and reduce the number of components to make them more reliable and more secure," said Cheriton in a 2016 interview


In 2015, Cheriton co-founded and invested in BrainofT Inc (aka Caspar


In 2014, Cheriton co-founded and invested in Apstra, Inc CEO Mansour Karam and CTO Aleksandar "Sasha" Ratkovic


Cheriton is an investor in and advisory board member for frontline data warehouse company Aster Data Systems, which was acquired by Teradata in 2011 for $263M


"In 2009, Cheriton donated $2 million to the University of British Columbia, which will go to fund the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI)


On November 18, 2005, the University of Waterloo announced that Cheriton had donated $25 million to support graduate studies and research in its School of Computer Science


In 2004, Cheriton co-founded (again with Bechtolsheim) and was chief scientist of Arista Networks, an industry leader in Data Center Networking, where he worked on the foundations of the Arista Extensible Operating System (EOS)


He has published profusely in the areas of Distributed Systems and Networking and has won the prestigious SIGCOMM award in 2003, in recognition for his lifetime contribution to the field of communication networks


In 2001 Cheriton and Bechtolsheim founded another start-up company, Palo Alto based Kealia


In August 1998, Stanford students Sergey Brin and Larry Page met Bechtolsheim on Cheriton's front porch


Cheriton co-founded Granite Systems with Andy Bechtolsheim, a company developing gigabit Ethernet products; Granite was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1996


He spent three years as an Assistant Professor at his alma mater, the University of British Columbia, before moving to Stanford in 1981


In 1980, Cheriton married Iris Fraser; they divorced in 1994, embroiling the Silicon Valley community and their family in a dispute over the allocation of stock options in divorce for spousal and child support


Cheriton received his Masters and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Waterloo in 1974 and 1978, respectively


Having been rejected by the music program, Cheriton went on to study mathematics and received his bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia in 1973


David Ross Cheriton (born March 29, 1951) is a Canadian computer scientist, mathematician, businessman, philanthropist, and venture capitalist

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