Award Name : Dan David Prize
Year of Award : 2015
Award for : Technology
Location : London, England, United Kingdom
Jimmy Wales (born August 7, 1966)is an American Internet entrepreneur best known as the co-founder and promoter of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia and the for-profit Wikia web hosting company.Wales was born in Huntsville, Alabama, where he attended Randolph School, a university-preparatory school.Later he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in finance from Auburn University and the University of Alabama, respectively.
While in graduate school, he taught at two universities, but left before completing a PhD 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 (2000–03) and its successor, Wikipedia.On May 17, 2015, Wales received the Dan David Prize of $1 million in the "Present" category (others won that amount for "Past" and "Future" contributions to society).