James Clark

Billions and Beyond

Early Life

James Clark was born on March 23, 1944, in Plainview, TX. His childhood was tough. When he was a child, his family was very poor. To add on to his family's poverty, when he was 14, his parents got divorced. After the divorce, his mother supported the poor child and his siblings on $225 a month. When he was 16, he dropped out of high school. He wasn't a very good student. He got in trouble for setting off a smoke bomb in the band bus, swearing at an English teacher, drinking, and drag racing. Plus, he never really liked high school anyway. After dropping out of high school, he joined the Navy, where he got his high school equivalency degree. In the Navy, he started learning about electronics. He also made money on the side by loan-sharking cash to other recruits at interest rates of 40%. After getting his Ph.D. from college and graduate school, he took on the job of teaching. He became an associate professor at Stanford University.

Other Info, Fun Facts, and Quotes

“I have a policy that I get to spend as much on myself as I give away.”- James H. Clark

Silicon Graphics was established in 1981. However, in 1994, he quit the company.

He established Netscape in 1994.

He merged Healtheon with WebMD in 1999.

He made investments in Apple, Facebook, and Twitter.

He became a billionaire off of these investments.

Most of his wealth was from Netscape and investments. (Self-made)

He is 71 years old.

His kids are named Kathy and Dylan.

At Stanford, he developed a program called the Geometry Engine, which generated 3-dimensional computer graphics.

His wife's name is Kristy Hinze.