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Travis Kalanick Net Worth, Biography & Wiki 2017
Travis Cordell Kalanick was born on the 6th August 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA, and is of Czech and Austrian ancestry from his father`s side. Travis is a businessman and entrepreneur, who is probably best known to the world as the co-founder and CEO of Uber, the transportation network company, and Red Swoosh, the peer-to-peer file sharing company, which are the main sources of his wealth, and as such is being rated as one of the top 100 most influential people in America. He has been an active member of the business industry since 1998.
Have you ever wondered how rich is Travis Kalanich as of 2015? According to sources, it has been estimated that Travis` net worth is currently over $6 billion, making him the 283rd person on Forbes magazine’s Richest people list. Obviously, all his wealth is being accumulated during his career of a successful entrepreneur.
Travis Kalanick Net Worth $6 Billion
Travis Kalanick was raised in the Northridge, the area of California, in a big family. His father was a civil engineer and his mother worked in retail advertising. Travis attended Granada Hills High School, situated in Northridge, following which he enrolled at the prestigious University Of California in Los Angeles to study computer engineering. However, he soon figured that college education wasn`t made for him, and dropped out of further studies in 1998. Nevertheless, he proved that he did learn something while in college, as he soon founded the file-sharing service Scour Exchange, which was a part of the much bigger foundation, Scour Inc.- a multimedia search engine.
Not all was plain sailing – in 2000, Travis encountered copyright problems, which eventually led to several lawsuits by Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association Of America and National Music Publishers Association. In order to avoid paying these lawsuits which exceeded several hundred millions of dollars, Kalanick filed for bankruptcy. Regardless, in 2001, Travis and his engineers at Scour Inc. founded another company, Red Swoosh, which also was a file transfer service. The company struggled a bit at the beginning, but Travis managed to sell the firm to Akamai Technologies in 2007 for the sum of $19 million, which increased Travis` net worth to a large degree.
In 2009 Travis teamed up with his friend from college, Garrett Camp in order to produce Uber, a mobile application which has the goal of connecting passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ride-sharing services. Their endeavor was successful, and Uber was ready to be put in service. Since its inception, Uber has spread throughout 65 countries around the world, increasing its worth and popularity. Currently, Uber is estimated to be worth more than $60 billion, and Travis has ownership of the 12% of the company, which is the main source of his net worth.
Travis is also recognized for his spokesperson abilities; he can often be seen at TechCrunch Disrupt, LeWeb and Tech Cocktail.
Regarding his personal life, Travis is recognized as a person who likes to go to parties. One of those parties in early 2015 was hosted by Shervin Pishevar, at which Travis met Gabi Holzwarth – violinist and writer – who soon became his girlfriend. Gabi has had serious problems with eating disorders and later anxiety, and Travis did everything he could to support her to overcome those problems.