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Rich Barton Biography

Rich Barton is the chief executive officer of Zillow Group and an American internet entrepreneur. Barton founded Expedia, Inc., an online travel company (and Microsoft spinoff), Zillow, an online real estate company, and Glassdoor, a job search engine and career community. He also founded Trover, online travel photography sharing website and app acquired by Expedia in 2016. Barton was also a Benchmark Venture Partner and serves on the boards of directors for Netflix, Avvo, Nextdoor, and Artsy.

Rich Barton Age

How old is Rich? He is 55 years old as of 2 June 2022. He was born in New Canaan, Connecticut, in the United States of America.

Rich Barton Education

He graduated from Stanford University in 1989 with a degree in engineering.

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Rich Barton Nationality

Rich is an American national and citizen by birth, he was born in New Canaan, Connecticut, United State of America. He is of mixed ethnicity/heritage/ancestry.

Rich Barton Family | Parents

He was born in New Canaan, Connecticut, to Mr. and Mrs. James N. Barton, a teacher and mechanical engineer. His father is the director of general services at Union Carbide Corporation in Danbury, Connecticut.

Rich Barton Wife | Married | Sarah

He is a happily married man. He is married to his amazing wife Sarah Marcus. His wife studied at Northwestern University.

Rich Barton’s Net Worth

How rich is Barton? He has an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion. After posting impressive earnings at Zillow in February 2020, Barton, according to Forbes, reached billionaire status. He holds 15.8 million shares as of this writing. At a share price of $40 in November 2018, he purchased 700,000 fresh shares on the open market. In February 2020, he first attained billionaire status.

Rich Barton Companies | Career

Expedia was founded by Barton within Microsoft in 1994. In 1994, Microsoft planned to release a travel manual on CD-ROM. Barton, who was used to the text-based internet services available at the time, discovered a Prodigy-hosted website intended for home-based travel agencies. Nathan Myhrvold, Steve Ballmer, and Bill Gates were among those to whom he pitched the idea of an online travel agency. Barton received approval from Gates, Balmer, and Myhrvold to move forward with the initiative, which debuted online in 1996 as Expedia. After Expedia went public in 1999, Barton served as CEO until 2003, when the company was sold for $3.6 billion.

After taking a year off from the corporate world to spend time in Italy, Barton returned to Seattle in 2004 and began working on Zillow with Lloyd Frink, another Expedia and Microsoft graduate. Prior to the company’s debut, Barton and Frink revealed little about it. According to MIT Technology Review, he was one of the top ten innovators under 35 in 2003. In April 2012, he became one of Barack Obama’s Presidential Ambassadors for Continental Entrepreneurship.