Eric Schmidt Biography

Eric Schmidt

Quick Facts Of Eric Schmidt

Celebrated Name Eric Schmidt
Age 25 Years
Nick Name Eric
Birth Name Eric Emerson Schmidt
Birth Date 1995-04-27
Gender Male
Profession Software Engineer

Eric Emerson Schmidt popularly known as Eric Schmidt is an American businessman and software engineer. He is best known as the former CEO of Google. He served as the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011. He currently serves as one of the chairs of the US Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Advisory Board. Previously, he worked at Alphabet Inc, Apple, Sun Microsystems, Novell holding several positions. He also chairs several academic and industrial boards. He has also authored several books. 

What is Eric Schmidt Famous For?

  • Former CEO of Google (2001 to 2011).

What is Eric Schmidt Net Worth?

Where was Eric Schmidt Born?

Eric Schmidt was born on 27 April 1995. His birth name is Eric Emerson Schmidt. His birth place is in Falls Church, Virginia in the United States. He holds an American nationality. He was born to well-educated parents, Emerson Schmidt, a father, and Eleanor, a mother. His father worked as a professor of international economics at Virginia Tech and John Hopkins University, whereas his mother had a master's degree in psychology. Schmidt grew up in Falls Church and Blacksburg, Virginia. He also spent part of his childhood in Italy due to his father's work. 

Regarding his educational background, Schmidt attended Yorktown High School in the Yorktown neighborhood of Arlington, County, Virginia. Following his graduation from high school, he attended Princeton University. He initially joined Princeton to study architecture, however, he switched to electrical engineering. He earned a BSE degree from Princeton in 1976. Following his BSE, he stayed at the International House Berkeley from 1976 to 1980. Schmidt later earned his M.S. degree for designing and implementing a network (Berknet) linking the campus computer center with the CS and EECS departments in 1979. He earned his Ph.D. degree in 1982 in EECS, with a dissertation about the problems of managing distributed software development and tools for solving these problems. 

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Eric Schmidt Career Timeline

  • Eric Schmidt started his career working in several IT companies. 
  • He worked at IT companies such as Byzromotti Design, Bell Labs, Zilog, and Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). 
  • Schmidt joined Sun Microsystems in 1983. He joined there as its first software manager. 
  • He later became the director of software engineering, vice president and general manager of the software products division, vice president of the general systems group, and president of Sun Technology Enterprises. 
  • He became the CEO and chairman of the board of Novell in April 1997. 
  • He departed from Novell after the acquisition of Cambridge Technology Partners. 
  • Schmit was then appointed the CEO of Google in 2001. 
  • His initial responsibilities included focusing on the management of the vice presidents and the sales organizations. 
  • He succeeded New America's founding chairman James Fallows in 2008. New America is a non-profit public-policy institute and think tank. 
  • Schmidt co-founded an early-stage venture capital, named Innovation Endeavors in 2010. The fund invested in several companies including Gogobot, Uber, Mashape, Quixey, BillGuard, and Formlabs. 
  • Schmidt stepped down as the CEO of Google on 20 January 2011. 
  • He took a new position at Google as executive chairman of the company. 
  • He also became an adviser to co-founders Page and Brin. 
  • Google co-founder Larry Page became the CEO of Google on 4 April 2011. 
  • He stepped down as the chairman of Google in 2015. 
  • He was appointed the executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. in 2015. 
  • He stepped down as Alphabet's executive chairman in 2017 and was appointed to the Technical Advisor at Alphabet. 
  • It was announced in March 2016 that Schmidt would chair a new advisory board for the Department of Defense titled the Defense Innovation Advisory Board. 
  • He also served on board of several companies including the boards of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University and Princeton University, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Khan Academy, and The Economist. 
  • He served as the chairman of the DoD Innovation Advisory Board in 2016. 
  • Alongside Jared Cohen, Schmidt co-wrote The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business in 2013. 
  • He wrote the preface to The Startup Game: Inside the Partnership between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs, by William H. Draper, III.
  • Along with former Senior Vice President of Products at Google Jonathan Rosenberg, Schmidt co-authored the New York best-selling book, How Google Works in 2014. 

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Who is Eric Schmidt Married to?

Eric Schmidt was a married man. He was married to Wendy Susan Boyle. The couple first met Wendy Boyle at the International House Berkeley. The couple married in June 1980. The couple lived in Atherton, California in the 1990s. The couple had 2 daughters, Sophie, and Allison. One of his daughters, Allison died from an illness in 2017. The couple separated in 2011. 

Schmidt reportedly dated Alexandra Duisberg, a former Olympic skater. They reportedly got engaged. However, no official information about their relationship surfaced. 

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The Schmidts founded the Schmidt Family Foundation in 2006. The foundation was established to address issues of sustainability and the responsible use of natural resources. 

The foundation has subsidiaries including ReMain Nantucket and the Marine Science and Technology Foundation. 

The foundation in the main funder of the Schmidt Ocean Institute. 

The foundation donated $10 million to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 2015. 

The Schmidts established the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, a University of Chicago summer school program for aspiring data scientists. 

Mrs. Schmidt offered the prize purse of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. It is the challenge award for the efficient capturing of crude oil from seawater motivated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The Schmidts endowed the Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund at Princeton University with $25 million in 2009.

Schmidt created the Schmidt Science Fellows program in partnership with the Rhodes Trust. The program is part of a $100 million commitment to drive scientific leadership and interdisciplinary research. 

Did You Know?

  • His father worked at the U.S. Treasury Department during the Nixon Administration.
  • He co-wrote a program used in compiler construction that generates lexical-analyzers from regular-expression descriptions, Lex at Bell Labs. He co-wrote Lex with Mike Lesk.
  • He became the target of two notable April Fool's Day pranks during his time at Sun.
  • Schmidt was ranked at No.1 alongside Google co-founders Page and Brin on PC World's list of the 50 most important people on the Web in 2007.
  • He has also served on boards of several companies including Trustees for Carnegie Mellon University, Apple, Princeton University, and Mayo Clinic.
  • Schmidt served on the board of directors of Apple Inc. from 2006 to 2009.
  • Schmidt was the subject of the High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation case that resulted in a settlement of $415 million paid by Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel to employes.
  • Schmidt was an informal advisor and major donor to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
  • He was a member of President Obama's transition advisory board and a member of the United States President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) during the Obama administration.
  • He is an investor in The Groundwork and Timshel, start-up companies associated with Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Schmidt, his daughter Sophie, Jared Cohen (Director of Google Ideas), and Bill Richardson (former New Mexico governor) visited North Korea in January 2013. North Korea's smartphone, Arirang (announced in 2013) may be using the Google Android operating system.
  • Schmidt visited Myanmar in 2013 to speak in favor of free and open Internet use in the country.
  • Schmidt's Law states: "When the network becomes as fast as the backplane of your computer, the computer hollows out, its components dispersing across the Web, its value migrating to search and sort functions."
  • He was on the list of ARTnews's 200 top art collectors in 2008. He denied that he was an art collector.
  • He is a member of the Bilderberg Group.
  • He is a member of the International Advisory Board at the Bavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
  • He is a member of the International Advisory Board at the Bavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
  • He is an active member of the Berggruen Institute's 21st Century Council and its board of directors.
  • He has made cameo appearances in the film, Dumb and Dumber To and tv series, Silicon Valley.