John Tu

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John Tu
Born 1940 (age 76–77)
Chongqing, China
Residence Rolling Hills, California
Nationality United States
Alma mater B.S. Technische Hochschule Darmstadt
Occupation businessman
Known for co-founder of Kingston Technology
Net worth Increase 5.4 billion USD (March 2017)[1]
Spouse(s) married
Children 2

John Tu (Chinese: 杜紀川; pinyin: Dù Jìchuān; Wade–Giles: Tu Chi-ch'uan; born 1940) is a Chinese-born American entrepreneur and philanthropist.[2] He is the co-founder of Kingston Technology.[1][3]

Early life[edit]

John Tu was born in Chongqing, China and grew up in Taiwan.[1][3] He studied electrical engineering at Technische Hochschule Darmstadt in Germany, then moved to California.[1][3]


In 1982, he co-founded Camintonn with David Sun.[1] in 1986, they sold it for $6 million and founded Kingston Technology.[1] In 1996, they sold 80 percent of the company to Softbank for $1.5 billion, before buying it back in 1999 for $450 million.[1][4]


He has supported Erin Gruwell's Freedom Writers and the Freedom Writers Foundation.[5] In 2011, he donated $1.2 million to give every first year medical student at UC Irvine an iPad.[6][1][7]

Personal life[edit]

He is married with two children and plays drums with his band, JT and California Dreamin'.[1]