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Sam Altman biography

Sam Altman

Occupation: entrepreneur, investor, programmer, and blogger

Birthday: April 22, 1985

Age: 36

Birthplace: Chicago, US

Nationality: American

Birth Sign: Taurus


Samuel H. Altman is the CEO of OpenAI and the former president of Y Combinator

Sam Altman Career

Altman grew up in St. Louis, Missouri  to a Jewish dermatologist and received his first computer when he was 8. He studied computer science at Stanford University until dropping out in 2005. Sam Altman is gay, and has been out since his youth.


sam altman loopt

At the age 19, Altman co-founded and became CEO of Loopt,   location-based social networking mobile application. After raising more than $30M in venture capital, Loopt was shut down and acquired by the for $43.4 million.

Y Combinator

sam altman y combinator

Altman began as a part-time partner at Y Combinator in 2011 and was named President in 2014 by its cofounder Paul Graham. Y Combinator companies include like AirbnbDropboxZenefits and Stripe. In 2019, YC announced Altman’s transitioning into a Chairman position to focus more on OpenAI and today, he is no longer affiliated with YC.

Angel investing

sam altman angel

Sam is an investor in many companies, including AirbnbStripeRedditAsanaPinterestTeespringZenefits, FarmLogs, True North, ShoptiquesInstacartOptimizelyVerblingSoylent, and Clever. He was the CEO of Reddit for eight days in 2014.

Nuclear energy

He is chairman of the board for Helion and Oklo, two nuclear energy companies and believes nuclear energy is one of the most important areas of technological development.


Altman is the CEO of OpenAI which is a for profit research company whose goal is to advance digital intelligence in a way that is most likely to benefit humanity.

Net Worth: $200 million

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