Jensen Huang

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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 57)
Tainan, Taiwan
Other namesJensen Huang
United States
Alma materOregon State University
Stanford University
OccupationBusinessman, electrical engineer
Net worthUS$5.8 billion (January 2020)[1]
TitleCo-founder, president and CEO, Nvidia Corporation
Spouse(s)Lori Huang
Jensen Huang
Traditional Chinese黃仁勳
Simplified Chinese黄仁勋

Jen-Hsun "Jensen" Huang (Chinese: 黃仁勳; pinyin: Huáng Rénxūn; born February 17, 1963) is a Taiwanese-born American billionaire businessman and electrical engineer. He co-founded the graphics-processor company Nvidia in 1993 and has been its president and chief executive officer (CEO) since inception. Huang graduated from Oregon State University before moving to California. He earned a master's degree from Stanford University.[2] 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.[3]

Early years and education[edit]

Huang was born in the coastal city of Tainan, Taiwan. His family immigrated to the United States and moved to Oneida, Kentucky, and then to Oregon. He graduated from Aloha High School, outside Portland.[4]

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.[5]


After college he was a director at LSI Logic and a microprocessor designer at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD).[6] On his 30th birthday in 1993,[7] Huang co-founded Nvidia and is the CEO and president. He owns a portion of Nvidia's stock worth about US$1.3 billion as of 2016.[8] He earned $24.6 million as CEO in 2007, ranking him as the 61st highest paid U.S. CEO by Forbes.[3]


Huang gave his alma mater Stanford University US$30 million to build the Jen-Hsun Huang School of Engineering Center.[9] The building is the second of four that make up Stanford's Science and Engineering Quad.[10] It was designed by Bora Architects of Portland, Oregon.[citation needed] Huang gave his alma mater Oneida Baptist Institute $2 million to build Huang Hall, a new girls' dormitory and classroom building .[11]

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


Jensen Huang at Computex Taipei, May 2016
Jensen Huang at SC18

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.[12]

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.[13]

In 2018, Huang was listed in the inaugural EDGE 50, naming the world's top 50 influencers in edge computing.[14]

Personal life[edit]

While at Oregon State, Huang met his future wife, Lori, his engineering lab partner at the time. Huang has two children.[15] He is said to be a cousin of AMD CEO Lisa Su,[16][17] but this has been dismissed by her.[18] Politically, when asked about the election of Donald Trump, Huang stated that he favors a more liberal government and hoped that "the institution of the United States will continue to support diversity, be mindful of tolerance, and hopefully help us to not forget that there are people in every part of our country that we need to bring along."[19]


  1. ^ "Jen-Hsun Huang". Forbes. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "Stanford". Archived from the original on May 24, 2012.
  3. ^ a b CEO Compensation. Forbes. Retrieved on June 2, 2008. During the economic downturn, 2008 through 2010, Jensen voluntarily reduced his salary to $1.
  4. ^ Rogoway, Mike. NVIDIA v. Intel: Rivalry heating up. The Silicon Forest Blog, The Oregonian, June 02, 2008. Retrieved on June 02, 2008.
  5. ^ #61 Jensen Huang. Forbes. Retrieved on June 2, 2008.
  6. ^ NVIDIA Newsroom. "Jensen Huang". NVIDIA Newsroom Newsroom. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  7. ^ "波士堂03-NVIDIA公司的创始人及总裁,黄仁勋".
  8. ^ "Pop In Video Gaming Pushes Nvidia CEO To Billionaire Heights". Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Alumnus, NVIDIA founder pledges $30 million for campus engineering center". Stanford University. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center". Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Oneida Baptist Institute - Events and News".
  12. ^ Newsroom, NVIDIA. "Home". NVIDIA Newsroom Newsroom. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  13. ^ "OSU to award 4,680 degrees this week in commencements at Corvallis, Bend". Oregon State University. 9 June 2009.
  14. ^ "EDGE 50: The world's first top 50 edge computing influencers | Page 2 of 5". June 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "This Man Is Leading an AI Revolution in Silicon Valley—And He's Just Getting Started". Forbes. November 2017.
  16. ^ Poppin, Mark. "NVIDIA's CEO is the older cousin of AMD's CEO". BabelTechReviews. BabelTechReviews. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Yoo, Jinwoo; Bae, Jeongwon (2018-09-01). "[WEEKLY BIZ] 죽어가던 회사 일으켜 인텔에 어퍼컷을 날리다" [[WEEKLY BIZ] (She) Revives The Dying Company And Blows Uppercut to Intel]. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Seoul. Archived from the original on 2019-01-10. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  19. ^ "Nvidia's CEO discusses AI dangers, Donald Trump, the Nintendo Switch, and more". November 13, 2016.

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