Linus Torvalds Net Worth and salary: Linus Torvalds is a Finnish-American software engineer who has a net worth of $150 million. Linus Torvalds was born December 28, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland. He was the principal force behind the Linux kernel and went on to become the chief architect of the Linux kernel and act as the project coordinator.
Torvalds is also credited with creating the revision control system Git as well as the diving log software Subsurface. He was honored, along with Shinya Yamanaka, with the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland “in recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux kernel”.
Torvalds was also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award. He is the grandson of poet Ole Torvalds and both of his parents were campus radicals at the University of Helsinki in the ’60s. Torvalds was named after Linus Pauling, the Nobel Prize–winning American chemist. His interest in computers began with a Commodore VIC-20. He went on to purchase a Sinclair QL, which he modified extensively, including its operating system.
He programmed an assembly language and a text editor for the QL, as well as miscellaneous games; Torvalds is known to have written a Pac-Man clone called Cool Man. The first prototypes of Linux was publicly released later that year and version 1.0 was released on March 14, 1994. From 1997 to 1999 he was involved in 86open, helping choose the standard binary format for Linux and Unix. In 1999, he was named by the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the world’s top 100 innovators under age 35. That same year Red Hat and VA Linux, both leading developers of Linux-based software, presented Torvalds with stock options in gratitude for his creation. Also in 1999, both companies went public and Torvalds’ share value temporarily shot up to roughly $20 million. Currently, the Linux Foundation sponsors Torvalds to avail him to work full-time on improving Linux.