Reid Hoffman is an American entrepreneur and an author who is well-known as the co-founder of LinkedIn. He is also a venture capitalist who is a partner at the Greylock Partners. Before co-founding LinkedIn with two of his colleagues, Reid Hoffman worked at companies such as Inglenook, Apple Inc, and PayPal. He has co-authored the books The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age and The Start-Up of You and launched his podcast Masters of Scale in 2017. Scroll down to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Reid Hoffman in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Reid Garrett Hoffman was born on August 5, 1967, in Palo Alto, California, the United States to William Parker Hoffman, Jr. and Deanna Ruth. He was very much interested in role-playing games during his childhood and got a job as an editor at the game company Chaosium when he was 12 years old. Hoffman attended The Putney School, and in 1990, he graduated in B.S Symbolic Systems and Cognitive Science from the Stanford University. He then completed M.St Philosophy at the Wolfson College in 1993 with a Marshall Scholarship.
Reid Hoffman’s marriage life is quite a simple and cute one with only one partner. He is married to Michelle Yee who is said to be his college mate. The couple got married in 2004 in a simple fashion and resided in California.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Hoffman started his career as an intern at Inglenook in Napa Valley. In 1994, he moved to Apple Inc and was a member of the team that worked on eWorld. He then moved to Fujitsu, and in 1997, Reid co-founded the company SocialNet.com which focused on online dating.
Hoffman also was one among the board of Directors of PayPal while he was at SocialNet.com and in 2000 he became a full-time employee of PayPal enjoying the post of COO. In 2002 December, Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn with two of his colleagues from SocialNet and Fujitsu.
The business-oriented social network was launched in May 2003 and was funded by Peter Thiel and Keith Rabios. LinkedIn reached 200 countries in 2014 and boasted over 330 million users. Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in 2016 and Hoffman became a board member of Microsoft in March 2017. The same year he was appointed as the Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Net Worth & Earnings
The highly successful internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist have amassed a huge fortune so far. The sale of LinkedIn to Microsoft in 2016 for $26.2 billion reportedly paid $1 billion to its co-founder and his current net worth is $2 billion.
Reid Hoffman is considered one of the most talented and successful entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley and has been honored by many countries for his contribution to developing next-generation entrepreneurs.