Mike Lazaridis’s profile picture

Mike Lazaridis

Mike Lazaridis’s profile picture
Net worth 2018: $1.9 Billion
Industry: Technology
Country: Canada
BirthDay: 14 March 1961
Sigh: Aries
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Waterloo

Mike Lazaridis was bornon 14 March 1961 in Canada. The co-founder of Blackberry maker Research in Motion oversees a company that, while still growing, is fighting to keep pace with innovations from rivals like Apple's iPhone and other smartphone makers. He's also found himself in the middle of disputes with the governments of India and Saudi Arabia concerning a possible ban of the Blackberry product due to security issues. Research in Motion will soon launch its tablet computer, the PlayBook, with a brand new operating system. Founded Waterloo's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in 1999; has since donated $150 million to the quantum physics research institute. Chancellor of University of Waterloo.


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In 2015, Lazaridis donated $20 million to Wilfrid Laurier University for a new technology-focused management institute at the business school, renamed in his honour as the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics


In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society


As a passionate advocate for the power of basic science to improve and transform the world, he co-founded Quantum Valley Investments in March 2013 with childhood friend and BlackBerry co-founder Douglas Fregin to provide financial and intellectual capital for the further development and commercialization of breakthroughs in quantum information science


With an estimated net worth of US$800 million (as of June 2011), Lazaridis was ranked by Forbes as the 17th wealthiest Canadian and 651st in the world


In 2006, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Ontario


He, with wife Ophelia, has donated more than $100 million to IQC since 2002


He was listed on Maclean's Honour Roll as a distinguished Canadian in 2000 and named Canada's Nation Builder of the Year for 2002 by readers of The Globe and Mail newspaper


In 2016, the School, as well as the new business management institute, will move to a new facility, the Lazaridis HallOn October 21, 1999, Lazaridis received an honorary doctor of engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, and in June 2003, he became its eighth chancellor


In 1984, Lazaridis responded to a request for proposal from General Motors (commonly known as GM) to develop a network computer control display system


In 1979, he enrolled at the University of Waterloo in electrical engineering with an option in computer science


He was five years old when his family moved to Canada in 1966, settling in Windsor, Ontario


Ont, FRS (Greek: Μιχαήλ (Μιχάλης) Λαζαρίδης; born March 14, 1961) is a Greek-Canadian businessman, investor in quantum computing technologies, and founder of BlackBerry, which created and manufactures the BlackBerry wireless handheld device

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