Eric Schmidt graduated from Princeton University with a bachelors in electrical engineering and received his PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley. From there he climbed the corporate ladder, serving as CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, before landing the position of Google CEO from 2001 to 2011.
He’s sort of a Google ambassador, promoting open Internet access in some of the world’s most controlled regimes like Cuba and North Korea. Most of his wealth is in Google stock, but his family also bought a 20% stake in hedge fund firm DE Shaw last April. Eric is also philanthropic. Last year his family's foundation donated $10M to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.