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Jen-Hsun Huang
Jen-Hsun Huang Headshot (15313247387).jpg
Huang in October 2014
Born (1963-02-17) February 17, 1963 (age 55)
Tainan, Taiwan
Residence Los Altos, California
Nationality Taiwanese
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Oregon State University
Stanford University
Occupation Co-founder, president and CEO, Nvidia Corporation
Salary US$24.6 million (2007)[1]
Net worth US$6.6 billion (September 2018)[2]
Spouse(s) Lori Huang
Children 2

Jen-Hsun "Jensen" Huang (Chinese: 黃仁勳; born February 17, 1963) is an American entrepreneur and businessman. Jensen co-founded the graphics-processor company Nvidia in 1993 and has served as its president and CEO since inception. Huang graduated from Oregon State University before moving to California. He graduated with a masters degree from Stanford University.[3] In 2008, Forbes listed him as the 61st highest paid CEO in a list of U.S. CEOs and one of the wealthiest Asian-Americans in the United States.[4]

Early years[edit]

Huang was born in Tainan City, Taiwan.[5] His family moved to Oneida, Kentucky, and then to Oregon. He graduated from Aloha High School, outside Portland.[6]

Huang received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University in 1984, and his master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1992.[7]


After college he was a Director at LSI Logic and a microprocessor designer at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD).[8] On his 30th birthday in 1993,[9] Huang co-founded Nvidia and is currently the CEO and President. He owns a portion of Nvidia's stock worth about USD $1.3 billion as of 2016.[10] He earned $24.6 million as CEO in 2007, ranking him as the 61st highest paid U.S. CEO by Forbes.[4]


Huang gave his alma mater Stanford University US$30 million to build the Jen-Hsun Huang School of Engineering Center.[11] The building is the second of four that make up Stanford's Science and Engineering Quad.[12] It was designed by Bora Architects of Portland, Oregon.

Huang was the recipient in 2007 of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Pioneer Business Leader Award for his work in both the corporate and philanthropic worlds.


Jensen Huang at Computex Taipei, May 2016

In 1999, Jensen Huang was named Entrepreneur of the Year in High Technology by Ernst & Young.

In 2003, Huang received the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, which recognizes a leader who has made exceptional contributions to driving the development, innovation, growth, and long-term opportunities of the fabless semiconductor industry, from the Fabless Semiconductor Association. He was also a National Finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003 and was an Award Recipient for the Northern California region in 1999.[13]

Additionally, Huang is a recipient of the Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award from the University of Southern California and was named an Alumni Fellow by Oregon State University.

Huang was awarded an honorary doctorate from Oregon State University at the June 13, 2009, commencement ceremony.[14]

In 2018, Huang was listed in the inaugural EDGE 50, naming the world's top 50 influencers in edge computing.[15]

Personal life[edit]

While at Oregon State, Huang met his future wife Lori, his engineering lab partner at the time. Huang has two children.[16] He is the cousin of AMD CEO, Lisa Su.[17][18]


  1. ^ "#111 Jen-Hsun Huang -". Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Jen-Hsun Huang". Forbes. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Stanford Archived 2012-05-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b CEO Compensation. Forbes. Retrieved on June 2, 2008. During the economic downturn, 2008 through 2010, Jensen voluntarily reduced his salary to $1.
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  6. ^ Rogoway, Mike. NVIDIA v. Intel: Rivalry heating up. The Silicon Forest Blog, The Oregonian, June 02, 2008. Retrieved on June 02, 2008.
  7. ^ #61 Jensen Huang. Forbes. Retrieved on June 2, 2008.
  8. ^ NVIDIA Newsroom. "Jensen Huang". NVIDIA Newsroom Newsroom. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  9. ^ 波士堂03-NVIDIA公司的创始人及总裁,黄仁勋
  10. ^ "Pop In Video Gaming Pushes Nvidia CEO To Billionaire Heights". Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Alumnus, NVIDIA founder pledges $30 million for campus engineering center". Stanford University. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center". Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  13. ^ "NVIDIA President and CEO Honored by Ernst & Young LLP." Press Release. N.p., 29 June 1999. Web. 10 Apr. 2015. <>.
  14. ^ "OSU to award 4,680 degrees this week in commencements at Corvallis, Bend". Oregon State University. 9 June 2009.
  15. ^ Data Economy - EDGE 50: The World's First Top 50 Edge Computing Influencers
  16. ^ "This Man Is Leading an AI Revolution in Silicon Valley—And He's Just Getting Started". Forbes. November 2017.
  17. ^ Poppin, Mark. "NVIDIA's CEO is the Uncle of AMD's CEO". BabelTechReviews. BabelTechReviews. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  18. ^ Chen Liang-xuan, ed. (2014-10-17). "台南女兒蘇姿豐上火線 半導體「表親」戰爭開打(Google Translated)". 天下雜誌 CommonWealth Magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-08-22.

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