|David Baszucki Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||January 20, 1963|
David Baszucki is an American technology entrepreneur, engineer, and software developer who is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Roblox Corporation (an American video game developer based in San Mateo, California). Founded in 2004, the company is the developer and owner of Roblox (released in 2006, an online game platform and game creation system that allows users to program games and play games of multiple genres created by other users). Roblox grew rapidly in the late 2010s and its popularity accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
San Mateo, San Mateo County, California, United States
David had attended the Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. He was the captain of his school’s TV quiz team. After his high school graduation, he joined Stanford University, a private research university in Stanford, a census-designated place in Santa Clara County, California. He studied engineering and computer science there.
During his time at Stanford University, David did a summer internship at General Motors (an American multinational automotive manufacturing company) – working in a lab focused on controlling car engines with software. He graduated from Stanford University in 1985 as a General Motors Scholar in electrical engineering.
Technology Entrepreneur, Engineer, Software Developer
- Siblings – Greg Baszucki (Brother) (Technology Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor)
On October 3, 2023, David Baszucki’s net worth was $1.9 billion according to Forbes.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
David has dated –
- Jan Ellison – Through his long-term marriage to a novelist named Jan Ellison, David has 4 children – a son and 3 daughters.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of part Polish descent.
- Slender frame
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Clean-shaven look
- Affable smile
David Baszucki Facts
- Born in Canada, David moved to the United States with his family when he was quite young. He was primarily raised in Eden Prairie, a city in the American state of Minnesota.
- In the late 1980s, shortly after he graduated from Stanford University, he and his brother Greg founded a company called Knowledge Revolution. Through it, they developed and distributed a simulation called Interactive Physics – an educational supplement that allowed the creation of two-dimensional physics experiments.
- In the early 1990s, Knowledge Revolution launched a mechanical design software called Working Model. In December 1998, Knowledge Revolution was acquired for USD 20 million by MSC Software Corporation, an American technology company that specializes in simulation software.
- David, who had served as the CEO of Knowledge Revolution, was named the vice president and general manager of MSC Software Corporation in 2000. However, in 2002, he left the company and established an angel investment firm called Baszucki & Associates.
- He led the firm until 2004 and was involved in providing seed funding (investment of capital in a startup company in exchange for an equity stake) to Friendster, a now-defunct social networking service that was launched in March 2003.
- In 2004, inspired by the success of his Interactive Physics and Working Model software applications among young students, David co-started working on an early prototype of an online game platform under the working title DynaBlocks.
- A few months later, it was renamed Roblox – a portmanteau of ‘robots’ and ‘blocks’. Officially released in 2006, Roblox also offered a game creation system.
- David roughly owns a 13% stake in Roblox Corporation, the video game development company that owns Roblox. In 2020, this stake was estimated to be worth approximately USD 470 million.
- In March 2021, after the listing of Roblox Corporation on the New York Stock Exchange (the largest stock exchange in the world by market capitalization), he and his wife established the Baszucki Group – a philanthropic organization that was primarily aimed at providing grants to medical research programs.
- In December 2021, David pledged USD 6 million over a period of 5 years to the University of California, San Francisco – to fund research on increasing the effectiveness and availability of CAR (chimeric antigen receptor) T-cell therapy for lymphatic cancer patients.
- As per Business Insider (a New York City-based multinational financial and business news website), he was the 7th-highest-paid CEO in 2021, earning USD 232.8 million.
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