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Irwin Jacobs

Cofounder, Qualcomm
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Net worth 2018: $1.29 Billion
Industry: Technology
Residence: La Jolla, California
Country: United States
Children: 4
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Cornell University; Doctorate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Irwin Jacobs was born in La Jolla, California, United States, is Cofounder, Qualcomm. Irwin Jacobs is #1715 in List Billionaires People In The World. Irwin Jacobs cofounded mobile chipmaker Qualcomm in 1985. Since retiring from the company's board in 2012, he has been focused on giving away his fortune. In 2013 he and his wife, Joan -- both Cornell grads -- pledged $133 million to create the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute on New York City's Roosevelt Island. They also donated $10 million, adding to an earlier gift of $20 million, to San Diego's new Central Library. A Giving Pledge signatory, his earlier gifts include $100 million to save the San Diego Symphony and $185 million to the University of California at San Diego. Jacobs has also been a generous donor to Democratic candidates, including $2 million to Barack Obama's Super PAC, Priorities USA, in 2012. In 2015, he hosted Obama at a fundraiser at his La Jolla home and was his guest at a state dinner with French president Francois Hollande. Jacobs taught electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and then at UCSD before cofounding LINKABIT Corporation, which developed satellite systems, in 1968. He launched Qualcomm 17 years later and served as its CEO until 2005, overseeing the development of technologies that revolutionized wireless communication. His son, Paul, is the company's executive chairman.


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