Jeffrey J. Rothschild

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Jeffrey J. Rothschild
Jeffrey Jackiel Rothschild

February 28, 1954
ResidencePalo Alto, California, U.S.[1]
EducationVanderbilt University (BS, MS)
Known forFounding engineer, Facebook
Net worthUS$2.2 billion (January 2019)[1]
Spouse(s)Marieke Rothschild

Jeffrey Jackiel Rothschild (born February 28, 1954) is an American billionaire who co-founded several companies. He is the founding engineer and a large shareholder of Facebook.

Early life[edit]

Rothschild is the son of Beverley and William B. Rothschild.[2] His father was president of M. Rothschild & Company, an importer of commodities from South East Asia founded by his grandfather, Marcus Rothschild.[2] He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1977 and 1979, respectively.[3][4] He is not a member of the Rothschild family.[5]


Rothschild worked as an engineer at Honeywell and Intel, and then for a consulting firm that worked on projects such as Locus Computing Corporation.[6] Rothschild co-founded Veritas Software in 1988.[5] He co-founded Mpath Interactive in 1995, which became a public company in 1999.[5]

Rothschild is listed as co-inventor on several MPath patents.[7][8] In 1999 he became an advisor and venture partner at the venture capital firm Accel Partners.[6]

In 2003, Rothschild co-founded Mendocino Software, with fellow former-Veritas executives Peter Levine and Steve Colman.[9][10] Mendocino shut down quietly by March 2008.[11][12]

Rothschild started working for Facebook in 2005.[5] He was the oldest person working for Facebook at the time.[5] He became Facebook's vice president of infrastructure software.[5] In 2012, he owned 18 million Facebook shares.[5]

Other activities[edit]

Rothschild serves as the vice chair of the board of trust of his alma mater, Vanderbilt University.[13][14] In December 2016, he donated $20 million to the university.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Rothschild and his wife Marieke have three children, and live in Palo Alto, California.[1][15] According to Forbes, Rothschild is worth about $3.2 billion as of June 2018.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Forbes Profile: Jeff Rothschild". Forbes. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b New York Times: "WILLIAM ROTHSCHILD Obituary" December 1, 2015
  3. ^ Engineering alumnus elected to Vanderbilt’s Board of Trust, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, May 1, 2014
  4. ^ Jeffrey J. Rothschild, Bloomberg Business
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Ryan Mac, Meet New Billionaire Jeff Rothschild, The Engineer Who Saved Facebook From Crashing, Forbes, February 28, 2014
  6. ^ a b "Jeff Rothschild". Team profile. Accel Partners. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  7. ^ Daniel Joseph Samuel; Marc Peter Kwiatkowski; Jeffrey Jackiel Rothschild (July 18, 1997). "Server-group messaging system for interactive applications". US Patent US6018766 A. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  8. ^ Jeffrey Jackiel Rothschild; et al. (March 6, 1997). "Online gaming architecture". US Patent US 6152824 A. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Form D: Notice of Sale of Securities" (PDF). June 24, 2004. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "Mendocino Software raises $15 million". San Francisco Business Times. March 30, 2004. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  11. ^ Jerome M. Wendt (February 11, 2008). ""No Comment" from HP; No Callback From Mendocino Software". DCIG blog. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  12. ^ Dave Raffo (February 11, 2008). "Mendocino Software, R.I.P." Search Storage. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Vanderbilt taps board chair, vice chair". The Nashville Post. April 22, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Vanderbilt University Board of Trust: Members
  15. ^ a b Underwood, Ryan (December 16, 2016). "Vanderbilt receives $20 million gift thanks to Facebook founding engineer and his wife". Vanderbilt News. Vanderbilt University. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  16. ^ Tamburin, Adam (December 29, 2016). "Former Facebook exec donates $20 million to Vanderbilt". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 7, 2017.