Sam Altman is an entrepreneur, investor, and CEO of OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research laboratory. He was born on April 22, 1985, in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.
Altman studied computer science at Stanford University but dropped out in his senior year to start his first company, Loopt, a location-based social networking app. He later sold Loopt to Green Dot Corporation for $43.4 million in 2012.
Altman went on to become a successful investor, backing several prominent companies such as Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit through his venture capital firm, Y Combinator. He also served as the president of Y Combinator from 2014 to 2019.
In 2018, Altman became the CEO of OpenAI, a research company focused on developing artificial intelligence in a way that is safe and beneficial for humanity. He has been an advocate for the responsible development of AI and has spoken publicly about the potential risks and benefits of the technology.
Altman is also a prominent supporter of universal basic income (UBI) and has funded several UBI pilot programs through his charity, the Sam Altman Foundation.