This year has been a good year so far for NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA) shareholders, where shares more than doubled, starting the year at $102 while trading at nearly $197 a share as of close on December 1, 2017. Since the beginning of 2016, the shares have risen over 609%, from a mere $32/share. With cryptocurrencies getting popular among investors, the chip maker's future looks bright as it rides the crypto-wave.

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. 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 January 2017, 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-Hsun Huang

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.

He currently owns around 0.26% of the company's 600 million outstanding shares directly. According to the September 2017 SEC filings, Huang directly owns 1.56 millions shares of Nvidia along with 20.7 million shares held indirectly through trusts.

Ajay Puri

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 owned 530,120 shares of the company, as of his September 2017 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.

Colette Kress  

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 322,690 shares of Nvidia Corporation according to an October 2017 SEC filing.

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