Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

Formal First Name
1955 - present

Eric Schmidt is an accomplished technologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Eric served as Google's CEO and Chairman, where he pioneered Google's transformation from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. In addition, he served as the Technical Advisor to Alphabet, the holding company of Google, advising its leaders on technology, business and policy issues. Eric is the co-author of The Age of AI: And Our Human Future, Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell, How Google Works, and The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business. He has been honored with numerous accolades and supports a variety of esteemed organizations. In 2020, he launched a podcast, “Reimagine with Eric Schmidt,” a series of conversations with leaders in government, business, science and technology to explore how society can solve current challenges and build a brighter future after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Prior to joining Google, he was the Chairman and CEO of Novell, a software and services company.

  • He spent 14 years at Sun Microsystems, starting his career as a manager and rising to become the company's Chief Technology Officer.

  • At Sun, he was involved in the development of the Java programming language.

  • He also held technical positions at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Bell Laboratories and Zilog.


  • Eric co-founded Schmidt Futures which bets early on exceptional people making the world better.

  • The Schmidt Family Foundation focuses on climate change, including support of ocean and marine life studies at sea, as well as education.

  • He and his wife declared a new $1B philanthropic commitment to identify and support talent across disciplines and around the globe.


  • 2006 National Academy of Engineering

  • 2007 American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • 2017 Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service