Quick Facts of

  • First NameJawed Karim
  • Net Worth$ 140 million
  • CareerYouTube Founder

Jawed Karim is a German-American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who is well-known as the co-founder of the American video-sharing platform YouTube alongside Chad Hurley and Steve Chen.

He is also popularly known for being the first guy ever to upload a YouTube video titled “Me at the zoo”. The video was uploaded on 24th April 2005 and has over 84 million total views as of February 2020.

How Rich Is Jawed Karim?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the 40-year-old internet entrepreneur is estimated at around $140 million as of 2020. He amassed his multi-million dollar wealth from his YouTube shares, investments, and stock.

Following the sale of YouTube in 2006, Karim received 137,443 shares of Google which were worth $64 million until the day the deal was closed. On the other hand, Steve and Chad each received 700,000 shares of Google which were reportedly worth $345 million.

How Was YouTube Established?

While working at PayPal, Jawed met fellow workers Chad and Steve. They began working together and three years later in 2005, they founded YouTube, a video-sharing website. Jawed uploaded YouTube’s first-ever video Me at the zoo under the YouTube channel Jawed at 8:27 pm on Saturday on 23rd April 2005.

Following the foundation of YouTube, Karim enrolled at Stanford University as a graduate student in computer science and acted as an adviser to YouTube. When the website was formally introduced, Jawed took a much lower share in the company compared to his partners’ share. 

As a result, he was mostly unknown to people as the 3rd founder until YouTube was bought by Google in 2006.

In October 2006, he gave a lecture about the history of YouTube at the University of Illinois annual ACM Conference entitled YouTube From Concept to Hyper-Growth. Similarly, he returned to the university as the 136th and the youngest Commencement Speaker in the school’s history.

Apart from YouTube, he launched a venture fund called Youniversity Ventures along with partners Keith Rabois and Kevin Hartz. He is also one of Airbnb’s first investors to invest in the company’s initial seed round in April 2009.

Holder Of Triple Nationality

Jawed Karim was born on 28th October 1979 in Merseburg, East Germany to Naimul Karim and Christine Karim. He holds triple nationality (Bangladeshi, American, and German) and has mixed (German & Asian) ethnicity.

He grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota alongside his sister Ilias Karim and went to Saint Paul Central High School. He then went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Computer Science. Jawed earned his master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University.

Is He In A Relationship?

The multi-millionaire is reportedly single at the moment. As per various sources, Jared was dating a British writer Kia Abdullah, however, as of 2020, no update nor confirmation of the news is out.

Despite his fame, he lives a low-key life.