Speaker - Jimmy Wales

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Jimmy Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur best known as the founder of the Wikimedia Foundation, the charity which operates, and as the co-founder of

Wales received his Bachelor's degree in finance from Auburn University and his Master's in finance from University of Alabama. He was appointed a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School in 2005 and in 2006, he joined the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Creative Commons.

In January of 2001, Wales started, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, and today Wikipedia and its sister projects are among the top-five most visited sites on the web. In mid-2003, Wales set up the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization based in St. Petersburg, Florida, to support The Foundation, now based in downtown San Francisco, boasts a staff of close to thirty focusing on fundraising, technology, and programming relating to the expansion of Wikipedia. Wales now sits on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, and as founder continues to act as a key spokesperson.

In 2004, Wales co-founded, a completely separate company that enables groups of people to share information and opinions that fall outside the scope of an encyclopedia. Wikia's community-created wikis range from video games and movies to finance and environmental issues. Wikia's network is now ranked in the top 75 of all websites according to, and strong growth continues.

Wales has received a Pioneer Award, the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize in 2011, the Monaco Media Prize, the 2009 Nokia Foundation annual award, the Business Process Award at the 7th Annual Innovation Awards and Summit by The Economist, The 2008 Global Brand Icon of the Year Award,and on behalf of the Wikimedia project the Quadriga award of Werkstatt Deutschland for A Mission of Enlightenment. In 2007, The World Economic Forum recognized Wales as one of the 'Young Global Leaders.' This prestigious award acknowledges the top 250 young leaders for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. In addition, Wales received the 'Time 100 Award' in 2006, as he was named one of the world's most influential people in the 'Scientists & Thinkers' category.

9 Programs

Jimmy Wales and Andrea Weckerle: CiviliNation

12.01.10 | 00:36:15 min | 0 comments

Debate: The Internet and Democracy

05.18.10 | 01:29:18 min | 8 comments

Digital, Life, Design 2010: Disruptive

01.24.10 | 00:36:18 min | 1 comment

Making the Web Work for Science

07.28.09 | 01:02:07 min | 1 comment

Jimmy Wales - Free Speech, Free Minds and Free Markets

09.11.08 | 01:43:35 min | 3 comments

Yochai Benkler and Jimmy Wales Discuss Cooperation

05.14.08 | 01:30:37 min | 0 comments

Jimmy Wales and Andrew Keen Debate Web 2.0

02.28.08 | 01:06:17 min | 8 comments

Wikipedia Founder Jimbo Wales

07.18.07 | 01:06:17 min | 1 comment

Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia

04.14.06 | 01:14:56 min | 9 comments