$6.9 B As of March 2012
Source of Wealth: Google, Self-made
Residence: Atherton, CA
Country of Citizenship: United States
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Princeton University; Doctorate, University of California Berkeley; Master of Science, University of California Berkeley Marital Status: Married
Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an American software engineer, businessman and the current executive chairman of Google. From 2001 to 2011, he served as the chief executive of Google.Additionally, Schmidt was a member on the board of directors for Apple Inc. and sat on the boards of trustees for both Carnegie Mellon University and Princeton University.Along with Mike Lesk, Schmidt co-authored the lex analysis software program for the Unix computer operating system.
After ten years as CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt stepped down last year, relinquishing his role to one of the site's two billionaire founders, Larry Page. Riffing on an old joke from when he took over from young Page to prepare Google to float, he tweeted: "Day-to-day adult supervision no longer needed!" Schmidt has an electrical engineering degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He began in software at Bell Labs, Xerox PARC, then started pre-IPO at Sun Microsystems in 1983. He rose to chief technology officer and led development of Java technology. Before taking the helm at Google in 2001, he was CEO of Novell. On the eve of the search engine's 2004 IPO, Schmidt, along with founders Page and Sergey Brin, made a pact to stay for 20 years.