Min H. Kao
|Born||1949 (age 69–70)|
|Residence||Leawood, Kansas, U.S.|
15 Central Park West, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||National Taiwan University (BS)|
University of Tennessee (MS; PhD)
|Occupation||Co-founder of Garmin|
|Known for||co-founder of the Garmin GPS company|
|Net worth||US$ 3 billion (August 2017)|
|Children||2, including Jen Kao|
Min H. Kao (traditional Chinese: 高民環; simplified Chinese: 高民环; pinyin: Gāo Mínhuán) is a Taiwanese-born American electrical engineer, businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Garmin Corporation with Gary Burrell. As of August 2017, his personal wealth was estimated at $3 billion.
Min H. Kao was born in 1949 in a small town in Taiwan called Zhushan in Nantou. He graduated from the National Taiwan University in Taiwan and earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1977.
Kao undertook research for NASA and the United States Army. He was subsequently a systems analyst for Teledyne Systems, an algorithm designer for Magnavox Advanced Products, and an engineering group leader for King Radio Corporation. He also worked for AlliedSignal.
In 2005, Kao gave $17.5 million to the College of Engineering of the University of Tennessee, $12.5 million of which was designated for the construction of a new facility. In May 2007, groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted for the new Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building. The building was dedicated in March 2012.
In 2015, Kao donated $1 million to the Kansas State University College of Engineering for building four labs.
Kao is married to Fan Kao. They have a son, Ken Kao, who is a film producer, and a daughter, Jen Kao, who is a fashion designer. They reside in Leawood, Kansas. In 2011, he purchased an apartment in 15 Central Park West, Manhattan, New York City.
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- Min Kao Home page at Univ of Tennessee Archived June 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
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- Garmin executive gives $1 million to Kansas State University engineering expansion
- Karmin, Craig (January 6, 2011). "CEO of GPS Maker Locates a New Home". The Wall Street Journal.