Nvidia was founded in Santa Clara, California, in 1993, and was primarily a chip company specializing in graphics processing. In recent years, the company has positioned itself as a leader in visual computing, targeting gaming, visualization, datacenter and automotive markets. Its stock has seen big upward trends riding the wave of interest in cryptocurrencies and artificial intelligence.
The company reports two main segments; GPUs (Graphic Processing Units), a variety of which is aimed at gamers, designers and data scientists, and Tegra, an integrated solution combining GPUs and multi-core CPUs in one processor which is used in entertainment devices, drones, cars and for online gaming.
As of 2018, the company had some 10,000 employees, and reported over $5.01 billion in revenue in fiscal 2017. Below are the top individual shareholders of Nvidia Corporation.
Jen-Sun Huang — who goes by Jensen Huang — founded the company in 1993 and serves as President and CEO of Nvidia. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University and Stanford University respectively. Prior to establishing Nvidia, Huang worked for the chip manufacturer LSI Logic Corporation and a semiconductor company named Advanced Microdevices Inc.
According to SEC filings dated March 2018, Huang directly owns 1.46 million shares of Nvidia along with 20.7 million shares held indirectly through trusts. His total shareholding of more than 22 million shares gives him control over 3.8% of the company.
Ajay K. Puri — known as Jay Puri — joined Nvidia in 2005 and currently serves in the role of Executive Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations. He owns 508,812 shares of the company, as of his March 2018 SEC filing. Puri is leading global sales and regional marking for the entire line of Nvidia products. Before joining the company, he held a role of Vice President of Asia Pacific Group at Sun Microsystems, where he also served in other general management, sales and marketing roles over the course of 22 years.
Puri holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology and B.S. in the same field from the University of Minnesota.
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Colette Kress joined the company in September 2013. Prior to Nvidia, she was a senior vice president and CFO of the Business Technology and Operations Finance organization at Cisco. Before that, Kress served in corporate planning and finance roles in Microsoft, including a position of CFO of the Server and Tools division. Colette Kress graduated from Southern Methodist University with an M.B.A. and holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Arizona.
She owns 299,443 shares of Nvidia Corporation according to an March 2018 SEC filing.