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September 25, 2005
Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia Founder
Jimmy Wales BIO:
· Futures & options trader in Chicago.
· In the mid-1990s, he founded a search portal called Bomis.
· In March 2000, he founded a peer-reviewed open-content encyclopedia Nupedia.com, and hired Larry Sanger to be its editor-in-chief.
· On January 15, 2001, he & Sanger set up Wikipedia, a similar wiki-based site.
· In mid-2003, he set up the Wikimedia Foundation, a Tampa-based non-profit organization, to support Wikipedia and its other projects.
· In 2005, he is now the foundation's president and chairman of the board.
· Also in 2005, he founded the for-profit company Wikia, which hosts various wikis, and manages the Wikicities project.
· Appointed as a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School in 2005.

EDUCATION:
Attended Auburn University and later, the University of Alabama for his undergraduate studies. Later, he took courses offered in the Ph.D. finance programs at the University of Alabama and Indiana University. He taught at both universities during his postgraduate studies, but did not write the doctoral dissertation required to earn a postgraduate degree at these institutions.

PERSONAL:
Born in Huntsville, Alabama; Lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with wife Christine & daughter Kira.

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Info: Jimmy Wales discusses Wikipedia, a free online multi-language encyclopedia that anyone can edit.





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