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Pavel Baudiš, 2016

Pavel Baudiš (born 15 May 1960) is a Czech software engineer, entrepreneur and the co-founder of Avast along with Eduard Kučera. As of 2017, he is the 8th wealthiest person in the Czech Republic, with a net worth of more than 21 billion Czech koruna according to Forbes.[2]

Pavel Baudiš
Born (1960-05-15) May 15, 1960 (age 59)
ResidencePrague, Czech Republic
Net worth$1.4 billion [1]

Born in Prague, he graduated in Information Technology from the Prague University of Chemical Technology. He then worked as a Graphics Specialist at the Mathematical Research Institute.[3]

He wrote his first antivirus program 1988, two years after the appearance of the first computer virus.[4] He entered business began with his friend Eduard Kucera at the end of the communist regime in 1989, when he founded Alwil. In the early 1990s, the company was renamed Avast Software, based on its best known product, Avast Antivirus. It soon faced intense competition, especially from Symantec, which used an aggressive pricing policy in a bid to lead the market. In response Baudiš and Kucera took a radical defense strategy, offering its product for free. As a result, Avast ultimately emerged as the largest anti-virus firm in the world.[5]


  1. ^ Forbes, [1]
  2. ^ Forbes, 70 nejbohatších Čechů 2017, Accessed December 9, 2017
  3. ^ In Czech: Pavel Baudiš (profile), Významné osobnosti. Accessed December 9, 2017
  4. ^ CrunchBase, Profile, Accessed December 9, 2017.
  5. ^ In Czech: Euro.Cz, Můžete dělat chyby, ale nesmíte je opakovat, Accessed December 9, 2017