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John Sperling

John Sperling’s profile picture
Net worth 2018: $1.2 Billion
Industry: Service
Country: United States
Children: 1
Education: Doctorate, University of Cambridge; Master of Arts, University of California Berkeley; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Reed College
BIOGRAPHY

John Sperling was born in United States. John Sperling left his humanities professorship at San Jose State University in 1976 to start the University of Phoenix, which is now part of the Apollo Group. His son Peter joined his father at the company in 1983. Apollo went public in 1994. Since then, John Sperling's pet projects have ranged from longevity research to environmental causes to cloning. He was a major contributor to the campaign of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Az.), who was shot in the head in a January 2011 attack. Today, via the University of Phoenix, 400,000 students take classes for associate, bachelor's master's and doctoral degrees.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2010

$1.05 Billion

2011

$1.1 Billion

2012

$1.2 Billion

2018

$1.2 Billion

TIMELINE
2018

His doctorate thesis examined 18th-century English mercantile history

2006

Sperling provided financing to Genetic Savings & Clone (GS&C), of Sausalito, California, which closed in 2006

2005

As of November 2005, the combined enrollment of the four U

2004

"In August 2004, he co-authored The Great Divide: Retro vs

2001

" Lightman also wrote, "Las Vegas bookies probably would have given Sperling 100-to-1 odds against his business, but he not only survived, he grew the Apollo Group--parent of University of Phoenix and related interests--into a public company with a market capitalization (as of May 2001) of almost $7 billion, making it roughly as successful as many vastly more publicized dot-com champions

2000

In 2000, Sperling published an autobiography called Rebel with a Cause

1997

Other themes in the 1997 book include an argument that regional accrediting bodies play an inconsistent and restrictive role in innovation and an overview of the integrated assessment, academic decision-support, and quality management system developed and implemented by Tucker

1992

The papers, some 47 in all, were written from 1992 through 1997 to guide the development of the institution to serve the adult-centered market effectively

1980

In 1980, the school expanded to San Jose, California, and in 1989, the university launched its online program

1976

" Started in 1976 in the Phoenix metropolitan area, the first class consisted of eight students

1960

According to Time magazine, Sperling used marijuana to combat pain caused by the cancer he fought during the 1960s

1950

He spent several years as a sailor in the merchant marine, and even as a wandering 1950s beatnik

1921

John Glen Sperling (January 9, 1921 – August 22, 2014) was an American businessman who is credited with having led the contemporary for-profit education movement in the United States

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