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Chris Wanstrath is an American technology entrepreneur.[2] He is the co-founder and former CEO of GitHub, a social network centered on software development, which he created with Tom Preston-Werner in 2008. Before starting GitHub, he worked with CNET on GameSpot. According to Forbes his net worth is estimated to be $1.8 billion and he is listed there in America's richest entrepreneurs under 40,[1] as well as Fortune's 40 under 40.[3] He was a speaker at NASA's open source summit.[4] He was named in CNBC's Disruptor 50 list.[5]

Chris Wanstrath
Net worthUS$1.8 billion (October 2019)[1]
TitleTechnical fellow

Early lifeEdit

He is an Ohio native who briefly attended the University of Cincinnati.[6]


Wanstrath co-founded GitHub in 2008 and served as its CEO until October 2018. He stepped down as CEO after finishing a search for his own replacement beginning in early 2017.[7] After Microsoft's acquisition of Github in June 2018, Wanstrath became a technical fellow at Microsoft, working on strategic software initiatives.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Forbes Profile - Chris Wanstrath".
  2. ^ "Crunchbase – Chris Wanstrath".
  3. ^ "Fortune : 40 Under 40".
  4. ^ "NASA : Open Source Summit Speaker - Chris Wanstrath".
  5. ^ "CNBC Disruptor 50 – Chris Wanstrath".
  6. ^ GitHub co-founder Chris Wanstrath shares his story, University of Cincinnati
  7. ^ Konrad, Alex. "GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath To Step Down After Finding His Own Replacement". Forbes. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "The old CEO of GitHub and the new CEO of GitHub lay out the master plan after Microsoft buys it for $7.5 billion".
  9. ^ "Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion".