Min Kao

About Min Kao

Who is it?: Chairman and CEO, Garmin Corporation
Birth Year: 1949
Birth Place: Leawood, Kansas, United States
Residence: Leawood, Kansas, U.S. 15 Central Park West, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Alma mater: National Taiwan University (BS) University of Tennessee (MS; PhD)
Occupation: Co-founder of Garmin
Known for: co-founder of the Garmin GPS company
Children: 2, including Jen Kao

Min Kao


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Min Kao is Chairman and CEO, Garmin Corporation born on 1949 in Leawood, Kansas, United States. At age 69 Min Kao net worth is approximately $3.34 Billion. Min Kao cofounded GPS maker Garmin with Gary Burrell in 1989, after the duo led development of the first GPS navigator at Allied Signal. Kao stepped down as CEO in 2012 but remains executive chairman and a member of the board.

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💰 Net worth: $3.34 Billion

2009 $1.8 Billion
2010 $1.5 Billion
2011 $1.8 Billion
2012 $2.2 Billion
2013 $2.3 Billion
2014 $2.9 Billion
2015 $2.2 Billion
2016 $2.7 Billion
2017 $2.9 Billion
2018 $3.34 Billion

Biography/Timeline

1949

Min H. Kao was born in 1949 in a small town in Taiwan called Zhushan in Nantou. He graduated from the National Taiwan University in Taiwan and earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee.

1989

In 1989, with Gary Burrell, Kao co-founded Garmin, a company best known for Manufacturing Global Positioning System.

2005

In 2005, Kao gave $17.5 million to the College of Engineering of the University of Tennessee, $12.5 million of which was designated for the construction of a new facility. In May 2007, groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted for the new Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building. The building was dedicated in March 2012.

2011

Kao is married to Fan Kao. They have a son, Ken Kao, who is a film Producer, and a daughter, Jen Kao, who is a fashion designer. They reside in Leawood, Kansas. In 2011, he purchased an apartment in 15 Central Park West, Manhattan, New York City.

2015

In 2015, Kao donates $1 million to the Kansas State University College of Engineering for building four labs.

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