Ram Shriram

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Ram Shriram
Born1956/1957 (age 65–66)[1]
Madras, India
CitizenshipAmerican
Alma materLoyola College, Chennai
University of Madras
OccupationBusinessman
SpouseMarried
Children2

Kavitark Ram Shriram (born 1956/57) is an Indian-American billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He is a founding board member and one of the first investors in Google.[2][3] He was earlier employed by Amazon, working for Jeff Bezos. Shriram came to Amazon.com in August 1998, when the company acquired Junglee, an online comparison shopping firm of which Shriram was president. Before Junglee and Amazon, Shriram was a member of the Netscape executive team, joining them in 1994, before they shipped products or posted revenue.[3]

According to Forbes, as of September 2020, his net worth was $2.3 billion.[4]

Early life[edit]

Shriram holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Loyola College, Chennai of the University of Madras.[1][5]

Career[edit]

Shriram started his career with Bell-Northern Research.[6]

In 1994, he became a vice president of Netscape.[6] Later, he also served as a president of Junglee.[6]

Shriram started Sherpalo, a venture capital firm that invests in promising new disruptive technologies, in January 2000.[6]

In 2020, Ram Shriram was selected for the Ellis Island medal of honor.[7]

Philanthropy[edit]

Shriram and his wife have donated funds through education-focused Dhanam Foundation.[6] They have funded Shriram Family Professorship in Science Education and the Shriram Family Fellowship in Science Education at Stanford Graduate School of Education.[6][8] They have also funded $57 million to establish Shriram Center for Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering at Stanford University.[6]

In 2014, the Shriram along with his wife donated $61 million to the newly established Stanford School of Bioengineering.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Vijay Shriram.[6] They have two daughters.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Forbes profile: Kavitark Ram Shriram". Forbes. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Future of Internet is bright in India". NDTV. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
  3. ^ a b "2 Indians in Forbes' richest Americans list". rediff. Retrieved 4 June 2008.
  4. ^ "The Forbes 400 2020: The Richest People in America". www.forbes.com. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  5. ^ "ALPHABET INC. - DEF 14 A". www.sec.gov.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ram and Vijay Shriram". Inside Philanthropy.
  7. ^ Reporter, India-West Staff. "Prominent Indian Americans Ram Shriram, Chandrika Tandon Named Ellis Island Medal Recipients". India West. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  8. ^ Stanford, © Stanford University; Notice, California 94305 Copyright Complaints Trademark (9 June 2014). "Bioengineering and chemical engineering building at Stanford named for gifts from Ram and Vijay Shriram". Stanford University.
  9. ^ Stanford, © Stanford University; Notice, California 94305 Copyright Complaints Trademark (9 June 2014). "Bioengineering and chemical engineering building at Stanford named for gifts from Ram and Vijay Shriram". Stanford University. Retrieved 8 February 2021.