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Eric Emerson Schmidt is an American software engineer, a businessperson, and the Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Inc.

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Schmidt at the 2011 G8 Summit
Born Eric Emerson Schmidt
(1955-04-27) April 27, 1955 (age 61)
Falls Church, Virginia, United States
Residence Atherton, California, U.S.
Alma mater Princeton University
University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Executive Chairman
Years active 1982–present
Employer Alphabet Inc.
Salary US$1.25 million (2015, base salary), US$108 million aggregate (including bonuses, stock options)
Net worth Decrease US$10.1 billion (June 2016)
Title Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Wendy Boyle (m. 1980)
Children 2 daughters (Sophie and Alison)
Parent(s) Eleanor and Wilson Schmidt
Website Google.com — Eric Schmidt

Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an American software engineer, a businessperson, and the Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Inc.

In 2016, Forbes ranked Schmidt as the 100th-richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of US$11.6 billion.

As an intern at Bell Labs, Schmidt did a complete re-write of Lex, a software program to generate lexical analysers for the UNIX computer operating system. From 1997 to 2001, he was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Novell.

From 2001 to 2011, Schmidt served as the CEO of Google. He has served on various other boards in academia and industry, including the Boards of Trustees for Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, and Princeton University, New Jersey.