Min Kao

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Min H. Kao
Born 1949 (age 67–68)
Zhushan, Taiwan
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$2.6 billion (May 2015)[1]
Children 2, including Jen Kao

Min H. Kao (simplified Chinese: 高民环; traditional Chinese: 高民環; 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 May 2015, his personal wealth was estimated at $2.6 billion.

Early life[edit]

Min H. Kao was born in 1949 in a small town in Taiwan called Zhushan in Nantou.[citation needed] He graduated from the National Taiwan University in Taiwan and earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee.[1][2][3]

Career[edit]

Kao undertook research for NASA and the United States Army.[3] 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.[3] He also worked for AlliedSignal.[1]

In 1989, with Gary Burrell, Kao co-founded Garmin, a company best known for manufacturing Global Positioning System.[1][4]

Philanthropy[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Kao is married to Fan Kao.[4] They have a son, Ken Kao, who is a film producer, and a daughter, Jen Kao, who is a fashion designer.[4] They reside in Leawood, Kansas.[1] In 2011, he purchased an apartment in 15 Central Park West, Manhattan, New York City.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Min Kao". Forbes. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Karmin, Craig (January 6, 2010). "CEO of GPS Maker Locates a New Home". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Leadership: Dr. Min Kao". Garmin. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Stafford, Diane (December 20, 2012). "Garmin success starts with co-founder". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ Min Kao Home page at Univ of Tennessee Archived June 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "UT and Min Kao Dedicate New Engineering Building", University of Tennessee news, March 14, 2012
  7. ^ Karmin, Craig (January 6, 2011). "CEO of GPS Maker Locates a New Home". The Wall Street Journal.