David Filo Net WorthReal Name: David Filo
Date of Birth: 04/20/1966
Place of Birth: Wisconsin
2017 Net Worth: $3 Billion
Profession: CEO and Co-founder of Yahoo
David Filo Biography
David Filo was born in April in 1966 in Wisconsin. The family moved to Louisiana and he grew up in a suburb of Lake Charles. Filo attended Tulane University, where he earned a BS degree in computer engineering. He then attended Stanford University where he earned his master’s degree.
As he was studying at Stanford, he met with another computer engineer, Jerry Yang. This dynamic duo crated a directory of websites to share with their friends. This program was originally intended to organize websites that they found helpful or interesting and then to pass this information on to family and friends. This guide was originally listed as “David and Jerry’s Guide to the Web.” This site, which the pair later named Yahoo, grew to include other Stanford alumni, who added more information and gave Filo and Yang other ideas about how to improve their software. This software program eventually grew into what we now know as Yahoo! Inc., one of the most popular websites and search engines available on the web today. In late 1994 Yahoo! had more than 170,000 users each day. By 2000, that number had risen to more than 1 million. Yahoo! has gone from being a small search engine to a huge website provider with numerous services including online dating, user advice columns, website hosting, email services, shopping, news, and, of course, a powerful search engine.
Although everyone is familiar with the giant Yahoo! service, fewer people are aware that Filo is responsible for developing a server program which is written in the C programming language. This was an important development in server programs which many other sites followed in the early days of the internet. Although many other providers such as Microsoft, AOL, and Prodigy offered to buy Yahoo!, the pair refused to sell. Filo has stated that he wasn’t in it for the money, but for the fun of it all. He means it, too. Filo still drives his favorite old Nissan to Yahoo! headquarters each day. Filo has a current net worth of $3 billion, which will buy a lot of old Nissans.