<!-- His name is Jimmy and not James; Donal and not Donald --> (; born August 7, 1966) is an American Internet entrepreneur
and a co-founder and promoter of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia
Wales was born in Huntsville
in the U.S.
and he attended Randolph School
, a university-preparatory school, then earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance. While in graduate school, he taught at two universities, but left before completing a Ph.D. in order to take a job in finance and later worked as the research director of a Chicago futures and options firm. In 1996, he and two partners founded Bomis
, a male-oriented web portal featuring entertainment and adult content. The company would provide the initial funding for the peer-reviewed free encyclopedia Nupedia
(2000–2003) and its successor, Wikipedia.
In 2001, with Larry Sanger
and others, Wales helped launch Wikipedia, a free, open content
encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity, and as Wikipedia’s public profile grew, he became the project’s promoter and spokesman. He is historically cited as a co-founder of Wikipedia, though he has disputed the "co-" designation, declaring himself the sole founder. Wales serves on the Board of... Read More