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Scott McNealy: Co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Sun Microsystems
Under the leadership of McNealy and Bill Joy, Sun started out as one of several 1980s-era companies that delivered powerful networked workstations and servers to the engineering community. Eventually, Sun became a major player in the more general-purpose server business. It was a pioneer in the open systems world with Java, but critics said its allegiance to its own hardware kept it from being the software company that it could have become, particularly with its Solaris operating system.
With his toothy grin and his role as an industry thought leader, McNealy, now 59, was the face of the company, which saw success fade in the 2007-2008 timeframe. In 2010, Oracle purchased Sun for $7.4 billion.
Since leaving Sun, McNealy (@scottmcnealy) went on to found the Twitter products company Wayin and then Curriki, an organization that provides free educational resources to those in need around the world. He describes himself as a capitalist, but others have referred to him as a libertarian.
McNealy was known around Silicon Valley as an avid hockey player and golfer. In June, he served as a caddy in the US Open golf tournament for his son, Maverick, who just finished his freshman year at Stanford University.
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