David Hindawi

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David Hindawi
Born1944 (age 73–74)
EducationPhD University of California, Berkeley
Occupationinvestor, philanthropist
Known forco-founder of Tanium, Inc.
Net worthIncrease $1.0 Billion USD (April 2016)[1]
FamilyOrion Hindawi

David Hindawi (born 1944) is an Iraqi-born, American software entrepreneur and billionaire.


Hindawi was born to an Iraqi Jewish family in Baghdad but moved to Israel in 1951.[1][2] After college he served in the Israeli Air Force's Operations Research department. In 1970, he immigrated to the United States where he earned a PhD from UC Berkeley.[1]

In 1984, he founded a telecommunications company, Software Ventures, which was sold to an Internet service provider in 1995.[2][3] In 1997, he founded BigFix Inc, an IT systems management company that was acquired by IBM for $400 million in 2010.[2] In 2007, along with his son, Orion Hindawi, he founded the cybersecurity firm, Tanium Inc.[1] In September 2015, they raised $120 million in new funding that valued Tanium at $3.5 billion and making each of them a billionaire.[1] Tanium uses an approach to cybersecurity different from its main competitors Symantec and Intel’s McAfee which have a central data center that communicates directly with individual computers (and requiring a massive investment in data centers), Tanium instead uses a peer-to-peer system where each computer on a network talks to the computer adjacent to it, pooling data, and then relaying the information in a chain before sending it back to a single server.[2] In February 2016, Orion took over as CEO from his father, who continued to serve as the company's executive chairman.[1][4]

Personal life[edit]

Hindawi is married and has two children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Forbes: The World's Billionaires - David Hindawi April 2016
  2. ^ a b c d Forbes: "Meet Tanium, The Secret Cybersecurity Weapon Of Target, Visa And Amazon" April 15, 2015
  3. ^ "David Hindawi: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  4. ^ Solomon, Brian. "Tanium Has A New CEO As It Prepares To Take On Hostile IPO Market". Retrieved 2016-07-15.