Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales

Entrepreneur and Founder of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales is an American internet entrepreneur. As a child, he was a keen reader with an acute intellectual curiosity. At the age of three, his mother bought a World Book Encyclopedia, which may have been the cornerstone of his venture Wikipedia, which is ranked fifth in the most popular websites globally.

Wales describes himself as having been addicted to the Internet from an early stage. He wrote computer codes during his leisure time and became an obsessive player of virtual role-playing games. Thereby he experienced the potential of computer networks for fostering large-scale collaborative projects, which makes him an expert in temporal mobility.


Wikipedia was launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Singer and it quickly developed into the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet. There are 290 encyclopedias in more than 250 different languages. Overall, Wikipedia consists of more than 40 million articles and has 18 billion page views each month. And it’s still growing.