Rich Barton

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Richard Barton
Born June 2, 1967 (1967-06-02) (age 49)
Occupation Entrepreneur
Known for Founder of Expedia, Founder of Zillow, Founder of Glassdoor
Net worth US $400 million[1]

Richard Barton (born June 2, 1967) is a former Microsoft executive and founder of online travel company (and Microsoft spinoff) Expedia, Inc., real-estate internet company Zillow, and job search engine and career community Glassdoor. In 2002, he was named as one of the top 100 innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review.[2] In April 2014, he was named to Barack Obama's Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship.[3]

Early life[edit]

Barton, raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, is the son of a teacher and mechanical engineer. He graduated from Stanford University in 1989 with a degree in engineering. He first worked for Alliance Consulting and in 1991, began working for Microsoft.[4] Barton founded Expedia within Microsoft in 1994.[5]

Barton's forefathers John Barton and his son Horace were inducted into the 1999 South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame.[6][7] Barton's family has a Presbyterian church background.[8][9]


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