David Cheriton is a Canadian professor of computer science at Stanford University. He has investments in various technology companies, which have made him one of the richest people in Canada. In 2013, Forbes ranked him as the 20th wealthiest person in Canada, with his then estimated net worth of $1.7 billion. Cheriton’s current net worth is estimated to be $1.9 billion.
David Cheriton was born on 29th March, 1951 in Vancouver and received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1973 from the University of British Colombia. He pursued his Masters and PhD degrees in computer science at the University of Waterloo. He remained an Assistant Professor at the University of Colombia for three years before he moved to Stamford in 1981. While at Stamford University, he led the Distributed Systems Group that developed the V Operating System.
Cheriton made investments in worthy projects such as the development of Google and Kealia among others. Even though this 63-year computer scientist is already a billionaire, he doesn’t like to flaunt his wealth. Today, he still drives his 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon. He also resides in his Palo Alto home that he has owned for more than 30 years. Cheriton was married to Iris Fraser, with whom he had four children. The couple divorced in 1980.