Linus Torvalds Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career and Awards

Linus Torvalds Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career, and Awards.

Linus Torvalds Net Worth 2020 – Named by Time magazine as the ‘one of the most influential people in the world’, Linus Torvalds is the creative genius behind the Linux kernel operating system. He wrote it as a part of his Master’s thesis titled, ‘Linux: A Portable Operating System‘ at the young age of 21.

Listed in The Britannica Guide’s ‘The 100 Most Influential Inventors of All Time’, he is also listed 17th on the Time magazine poll of ‘Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century’.

Linus Torvalds Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career and Awards

Early Life/Biography

Torvalds was born on 28 December 1969 in Helsinki, Finland. He is the son of Anna Torvalds, a journalist and Nils Torvalds, a politician in Finland and a Member of the European Parliament. He is also the grandson of statistician Leo Törnqvist and of poet Ole Torvalds.

Both of his parents were campus radicals at the University of Helsinki in the 1960s. His family belongs to the Swedish-speaking minority.

Torvalds was named after Linus Pauling, the Nobel Prize-winning American chemist, although in the book Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution.

Linus Torvalds is married to Tove Torvalds a six-time Finnish national karate champion whom he first met in the autumn of 1993.

Linus was running introductory computer laboratory exercises for students and instructed the course attendees to send him an e-mail as a test, to which Tove responded with an e-mail asking for a date.

Tove and Linus were later married and have three daughters, Patricia Miranda (born 1996), Daniela Yolanda (born 1998), and Celeste Amanda (born 2000), two of whom were born in the United States. The Linux kernel’s reboot system call accepts their dates of birth (written in hexadecimal) as magic values.

He calls himself an atheist. He is completely irreligious and believes that religion should be a personal choice and not a political issue.


Torvalds attended the University of Helsinki between 1988 and 1996, graduating with a master’s degree in computer science from the NODES research group.


In 1991, he purchased the Intel 80386-based IBM PC and obtained a MINIX operating system. With this, he began to work and research on the Linux operating system.

He is the founder and the creator of the new operating system ‘Linux’, which was released in 1991. This Linux kernel is one of the most significant free and open-source software.

In 1996, he went on a visit to the technology firm, ‘Transmeta’, where he began to work from the following year.

He later worked for the Open Source Development Labs. From 1997 to 1999, he worked on the ’86open’ project, which is a binary file format for the ‘Unix’ and Unix-like operating systems. They were to be used on a common x86 PC.

In 1999, he was offered stock options for his creation by the companies, Red Hat and VA Linux. That very year, the stock prices increased to about $20 million after the companies went public.

In June 2004, along with his family, he relocated to Beaverton, Oregon, where Open Source Development Labs was headquartered. The following year, he developed the software, ‘Git’.

By 2006, about two percent of the Linux kernel was written by him, which was a significant contribution.

In 2012, he stated that his contribution to the Linux kernel mostly involved merging codes that were already written by others and did not involve much programming.

Awards and Achievements

In 1998, he was a recipient of the EFF Pioneer Award.

In 1999, he was given the title of ‘one of the top 100 innovators, under the age of 35, in the world’ by MIT Technology Review TR100.

In 2000, he was the recipient of the Lovelace Medal, which was conferred by the British Computer Society.

In 2001, along with Richard Stallman and Ken Sakamura, he shared the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Well-Being.

In 2005, he was given the Vollum Award from Reed College.

In 2008, he became an inductee into the Hall of Fellows of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

In 2010, he was awarded the C&C Prize by the NEC Corporation.

In 2012, he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was one of the recipients of the Millennium Technology Prize.

Linus Torvalds Net Worth

Linus Torvalds has a net worth of $150 million.

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