JOE GEB­BIA

Net worth: $3.8 bil­lion USD How he made his bil­lions: Airbnb Lo­ca­tion: San Fran­cisco, Cal­i­for­nia Age 36

Technowize Magazine - - Cover Story -

In 2008, Airbnb co-founder Brian Ch­esky and Joe Geb­bia could barely make rent. The shar­ing econ­omy fore­fa­thers cre­ated a ba­sic web­site ad­ver­tis­ing their pad for rent – and the rest is his­tory! Nine years later, the In­ter­net startup puts an es­ti­mated 850,000 peo­ple up ev­ery night in over two mil­lion list­ings in 190 coun­tries. The bow-tie wear­ing co-founder and chief prod­uct of­fi­cer of Airbnb had founded three busi­nesses be­fore found­ing one of the big­gest tech com­pa­nies in Sil­i­con Val­ley – cur­rently val­ued at $50 bil­lion, slightly big­ger than Mar­riott’s $39 val­u­a­tion.

An avid in­ven­tor (he has de­signed and patented but­tox-shaped por­ta­ble seat cush­ions called Crit­buns), Geb­bia helped drive Airbnb deeper into the most chal­leng­ing mar­kets, in­clud­ing Cuba and Africa. Geb­bia’s “ul­ti­mate dream” is to book at night at the Eames Case Stufy House No. 8 in Pa­cific Pal­isades, Cal­i­for­nia.

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