Andreas von Bechtolsheim is a German electrical engineer and a businessman whose net worth is estimated to be $2.8 billion. He co-founded the Sun Microsystems in 1982 where he worked in the capacity of chief hardware designer. Within a span of 6 years, Sun Microsystems was worth $1 billion. Since then he has founded a number of technological companies. In fact, he was one of the initial investors in Google Inc.
In 1995 Andreas or Andy, as he is popularly known, launched the Granite Systems. They are the pioneers in developing world class high speed network switches. However, in 1996 Granite Systems was taken over by Cisco Systems for a meager sum of $220 million. Prior to the sale, Andy owned 60% of the company. After the sale was over he was hired as the GM & VP of Gigabit Systems Business Unit (Cisco). However, in 2003 Andy left the company and set up Kealia Inc.
Andy was born in 1955 in Bavaria and he graduated from University of Technology Munich with an engineering degree. Thereafter he joined Carnegie Mellon University to complete his post graduate studies in computer engineering. He went on to study further and did his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is still single and lives in Palo Alto in California.