Ken Xie

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Ken Xie
Born 1963
Beijing, China
Alma mater Tsinghua University
Employer Fortinet
Known for Founder of Fortinet and NetScreen
Title CEO, Fortinet
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Ken Xie
Traditional Chinese 謝青
Simplified Chinese 谢青

Ken Xie is an American businessman of Chinese descent who founded Fortinet and NetScreen. He serves as CEO of Fortinet and was previously the CEO of NetScreen, which was acquired by Juniper Networks for $4 billion in 2004. Starting out as a tinkerer in his garage in Palo Alto, California, he built an ASIC-based firewall/VPN appliance in 1996 that would be the basis of his newly formed company, NetScreen, the next year.[1]

He is a graduate of Tsinghua University, obtaining a B.S. and M.S.[1]

Xie was awarded top 5 Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2005 and Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2006.[2]


2006 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner for the Northern California region [3] and 2012 National Finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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