Drury in 2007 at the New Zealand Open Source Awards
1966 (age 51–52)|
Wellington, New Zealand
|Known for||founding Xero|
|Net worth||$600 million (2017)|
Rodney Kenneth Drury (born 1966) is a New Zealand technology entrepreneur. He is the founder and former CEO of the online accounting software company Xero. He also is a former director of Trade Me, and was a key player in the now-defunct Pacific Fibre project.
Drury co-founded Pacific Fibre, a company which attempted to build an internet cable between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. The cable would have cost around $400 million but the venture was ultimately unsuccessful.
In November 2017, he sold $95 million worth of shares in Xero, leaving him with a 13 per cent holding in the company. He stated the sale would support his "future plans to pursue a range of philanthropic and social endeavours". He stepped down as CEO of Xero in March 2018, continuing on with the company as a non-executive director.
In August 2008 Drury was conferred the title of Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society (HFNZCS) during the 2008 NZ Computerworld Excellence Awards. He is only the 21st person to be awarded the title in the Society's 48-year history.
In 2012, Drury was awarded NZ Herald Business Leader of the Year.
In 2013, Drury was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year.
In 2014, Drury was honoured with an award for the Outstanding Contribution to Technology in NZ at the CIO Awards 2014.
Drury attended Napier Boys' High School, where he developed an interest in computer programming. He grew up in Hawke's Bay, where his father traced a lineage to Ngāi Tahu. Drury was raised in a middle-class family and had only a vague idea of his Māori ancestry. As of 2016[update], he lives in a "high tech townhouse" in Havelock North, Hawke's Bay region with his family.
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