17 Facts You Didn't Know About Uber Co-Founder's $4.3 Billion Fortune
Did you know that he's Canadian born and raised?
Meet Garrett Camp. Now in his early 40s, the Canadian businessman and investor is aand has a net worth of over $4 billion.
But maybe you didn't know that Uber wasn't his first rodeo. He actually co-founded his first company while he was still in graduate school. Not only is he a, but he knows how to share it as well. He's a part of The Giving Pledge, a promise to give away half of his wealth to charity.
Well, from his arguably quiet beginnings to spearheading one of the world's largest companies, here are 17 surprising facts about the entrepreneur and the.
1. A proud-Canadian, Garrett was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta.
2. His mother was an artist and his father was an economist, but both left their careers to team up and do home renovations and makeovers. It's said that his entrepreneurial spirit comes from his parents.
3. His elementary school was tiny, with a mere 150 students. His high school was larger, with close to 1,700 students.
4. He attended the University of Calgary and received a degree in electrical engineering.
5. Before graduating, he interned at Nortel Networks in Montreal, Quebec, where he worked on speech recognition technology.
6. While in Montreal, he also took courses at Concordia University.
7. The co-founder of Uber also co-founded StumbleUpon with three friends in 2002.
8. Camp was still in university at the time StumbleUpon was founded - he was completing a master's in software engineering.
9. In 2007, StumbleUpon was sold to EBay for $75 million. Garrett would later purchase back majority shares to be an advisor for the company.
10. Although there are multiple stories, it's said that Camp came up with the idea for Uber on a snowy night in Paris with Travis Kalanick, the former Uber CEO.
11. Other sources say that the idea came during New Year's Eve, when he and his friends spent $800 on a private driver. Even with lucrative earnings with StumbleUpon, he found it too expensive.
12. During one of Uber's first conferences, Travis Kalanick gave Garrett full credit for the company as "the guy who invented that shit".
13. Uber was envisioned to be the equivalent of "nightclub bottle service for the taxi industry".
14. The company is surprisingly bigger than most think. Since its first expansion in 2011, they've expanded to Europe, the Middle East, South America, Africa and much of Asia.
15. In March 2020, the entrepreneur stepped down from his role at Uber as Board Director to become a board observer so that he could focus more on product strategy and design. He says he's looking forward to "helping brainstorm the next big idea."
16. In 2016, he was named #3 in Richest Under $40 by Forbes Magazine.
17. His real-time net worth is currently $4.3 billion.