Alex Karp Biography
Alex Karp is an American billionaire businessman from Palo Alto, California, US. He is co-founder and CEO of secretive Silicon Valley data miner Palantir Technologies, a software firm.
He oversees the data-mining startup that received early backing from CIA investment arm In-Q-Tel. Being in a field dominated by MIT computer scientists and Harvard MBAs, Karp actually doesn’t hail from either discipline.
He managed money before starting Palantir in 2004. He also occasionally teaches meditation classes at the company.
Karp is a board member at Axel Springer since April 2018, in Basf since May 2019 and at the Economist Newspaper Ltd since February 2016.
Alex Karp Age
Karp is 51 years old as of 2018. He was born on 2 October 1967.
Alex Karp Family
Karp was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There is no revealed information about his parents and siblings.
Alex Karp Wife
Karp is very single and he has no record of a past relationship or ever being married to anyone.
Alex Karp Education
Karp attended Central High School from where he graduated in 1985. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College. He later enrolled at Stanford University earning a J.D. and a doctorate in neoclassical social theory from Frankfurt University.
Alex Karp CareerKarp began his business career in his first venture Caedmon Group. It is an asset management company based in London, which resulted in a successful project.
Alex Karp Palantir
Alex met Palantir cofounder and billionaire Facebook investor and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel while at Stanford Law School. Thiel states that the idea for the company was based on the realization that “the approaches that PayPal had used to fight fraud could be extended into other contexts, like fighting terrorism.”
In its initial stage, Palantir’s only backers were the Central Intelligence Agency’s venture capital arm In-Q-Tel. It later grew with Thiel being the company’s largest shareholder. Palantir raised $880 million in venture funding that in turn valued the company at $20 billion.
The company does contract work for government agencies like the NYPD and is reportedly the largest holder of real estate in Palo Alto.
Palantir raised $880 million in venture funding that in turn valued the company at $20 billion. Palantir provides services to the Defense Department, CIA and FBI, blasted tech companies that refuse to work with the federal government to keep the country safe.
Alex Karp Writing
Karp has written a thesis “Aggression in der Lebenswelt: Die Erweiterung des Parsonsschen Konzepts der Aggression Durch die Beschreibung des Zusammenhangs von Jargon, Aggression und Kultur”. It was supervised by Karola Brede. The thesis means “Aggression in the life-world: The extension of Parsons’ concept of aggression by describing the connection between jargon, aggression, and culture.”
Alex Karp Salary
Co-founding a million-dollar company is no joke, Karp has done that and went ahead to be a board member in various companies. Though he is believed to earn much, his salary is not yet disclosed to the public.
Alex Karp Net Worth
Being a businessman and shareholding in the Palantir company, Karp earns a huge amount of money which he has amassed creating a huge net worth. He has an estimated net worth of $1.3 billion.