Who is Charles Simonyi?
He is responsible for the creation of the Microsoft Office Suite. He was born in September 1948 in Hungary. He started working at Microsoft in 1981. As head of Microsoft’s application software group.
He was the chief architect of Microsoft Word, Excel, and other widely-used application programs. He created the first WYSIWYG text editor. He is married to Lisa, they have two daughters (Lilian and Livia). Lisa was born in Sweden. Simonyi is the owner of the yacht Skat.
What means WYSIWYG?
A WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor is one that allows a developer to see what the end result will look like. While the interface or document is being created.
He became one of Microsoft’s highest-ranking developers. And built up a stock fortune of more than US$ 1 billion.
Charles Simonyi Net Worth
His estimated net worth is now US$ 5 billion (2020). He left Microsoft in 2002 to co-found a company called Intentional Software.
Intentional Software Corporation’s mission is to make the world’s knowledge more accessible and useful. Simonyi is considered to be a close friend of Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. (Paul Allen died in 2018).
Simonyi’s passion for science and for space has led him to travel into space twice aboard the Soyuz spacecraft. He was becoming the fifth space tourist and the first-ever tourist to fly twice.
He is an active philanthropist. His Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences supports Seattle-area arts, science, and educational programs.