Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales

Founder, Wikipedia
2012 CME Group Fred Arditti Innovation Award Recipient

Jimmy Wales is an Internet entrepreneur, wiki pioneer and technology visionary. He is best known as the founder and promoter of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia, which is now the fifth most popular website in the world. In 2003, Wales founded the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content. The organization operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia.

In 2004, Wales and Angela Beesley co-founded Wikia, a privately owned, free web-hosting service. As part of his work at Wikia, Wales is developing a human-powered search engine that will be based on the same open, transparent, community-driven principles of Wikia and Wikipedia.

Wales was included in TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2006, and was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the top “Young Global Leaders” of 2007. He is currently a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, and serves on the board of directors of Socialtext, a provider of wiki technology to businesses and non-profit organizations. From 1994 to 2000, Wales was the research director at Chicago Options Associates, a futures and options trading firm in Chicago.