Bob Young (businessman)

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Bob Young
Bob Young Ticats 2010.jpg
Born1953/1954 (age 67–68)[1]
EducationUniversity of Toronto
OccupationBusinessman, entrepreneur
Years active1984-present
Known forFounder of Red Hat, Inc.
Owns the Forge FC
Owns the Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Robert Young is a serial entrepreneur who is best known for founding Red Hat Inc., the open source software company. He also owns the franchise for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and serves as self-styled Caretaker of the team.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[2] He attended Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria College at the University of Toronto.


Prior to Red Hat, Young built a couple of computer rental and leasing businesses, including founding Vernon Computer Rentals in 1984.[3] Descendants of Vernon are still operating under that name. After leaving Vernon, Young founded the ACC Corp Inc. in 1993.[4]

Marc Ewing and Young co-founded open-source software company Red Hat. Red Hat was a member of the S&P 500 Index before being purchased by IBM on July 9, 2019. Marc Ewing and Young's partnership started in 1994 when ACC acquired the Red Hat trademarks from Ewing. In early 1995, ACC changed its name to Red Hat Software, which has subsequently been shortened to simply Red Hat, Inc. Young served as Red Hat's CEO until 1999.

In 2002, Young founded, a print-on-demand, self-publishing company, and served as CEO. In 2006, Young established the Lulu Blooker Prize, a book prize for books that began as blogs. He launched the prize partly as a means to promote Lulu.

Young served as CEO of PrecisionHawk, a commercial drone technology company, from 2015 to 2017.[5] Prior to being named PrecisionHawk's CEO in 2015, he was an early investor in the company. He continues to serve on its board as Chairman.

Young also co-founded Linux Journal in 1994, and in 2003, he purchased the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. In 2022, he sold minority stakes in the Tiger-Cats to Jim Lawson, team President Scott Mitchell, and American steel manufacturer Stelco.[6]

Young focuses his philanthropic efforts on access to information and advancement of knowledge. In 1999, he co-founded The Center for the Public Domain. Young has supported the Creative Commons, Public, the Dictionary of Old English, Loran Scholarship Foundation,, and the NCSU eGames, among others.


  1. ^ Avery, Simon (22 October 2005). "Bob Young hangs up red hat". The Globe and Mail.
  2. ^ "Tiger-cats' Owner a Man of Many Hats". Archived from the original on 2015-11-22. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  3. ^ "Ticats Biography: Bob Young". Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  4. ^ Jr, Tom Huddleston (2018-11-01). "Red Hat's co-founder was unemployed and working in a closet when he started the company IBM just bought for $34 billion". CNBC. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  5. ^ "Blackboard cofounder Michael Chasen takes CEO reins at PrecisionHawk". Techcrunch.
  6. ^ "Hamilton Tiger-Cats".
Business positions
New title President and CEO of Red Hat
1995 – November 15, 1999
Succeeded by