David Filo

David Robert Filo (born April 20, 1966) is an American businessman and the co-founder of Yahoo! with Jerry Yang. His Filo Server Program, written in the C programming language, was the server-side software used to dynamically serve variable web pages, called Filo Server Pages, on visits to early versions of the Yahoo! website.

David Filo
David Filo
David Filo, May 2007
David Robert Filo[1]

April 20, 1966 (age 53)
Wisconsin, United States
ResidencePalo Alto, California, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materTulane University
Stanford University
OccupationCo-founder and Chief Yahoo, Yahoo! Inc.
SalaryOne-dollar salary[2]
Net worthUS$4.9 billion (August 2018)[3]
Spouse(s)Angela Buenning

Personal life and education

Filo was born in Wisconsin. At age six, he moved to Moss Bluff, a suburb of Lake Charles, Louisiana. He graduated from Sam Houston High School and then earned a B.S. in computer engineering at Tulane University (through the Dean's Honor Scholarship) and an M.S. at Stanford University.[4]

In 2005 he gave $30 million to his alma mater, Tulane University, for use in its School of Engineering.[5]

Filo is married to photographer and teacher Angela Buenning.[6]

In December 2014, Forbes estimated Filo to be worth $3.8 billion, ranking him the 580th-richest person in the world.[5] As of 2017, he is ranked 564th.[7]


In February 1994, he co-created with Jerry Yang an Internet website called "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web", consisting of a directory of other websites. It was renamed "Yahoo!" (an exclamation). Yahoo! became very popular, and Filo and Yang realized the business potential and co-founded Yahoo! Inc.[8]

Yahoo! started off as a web portal with a web directory providing an extensive range of products and services for various online activities. It is now one of the leading internet brands and, due to partnerships with telecommunications firms, is one of the most visited websites on the internet.[9][10]


  1. ^ Centennial Year Commencement Exercises, Stanford University, June 16, 1991, p. 69
  2. ^ "Yahoo! 2011 Proxy Statement" (PDF). Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  3. ^ David Filo
  4. ^ "David Filo". Forbes. October 17, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Forbes 400 Richest Americans: #292 David Filo". Forbes. March 2013.
  6. ^ Another billionaire drops Archived December 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "The World's Billionaires". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  8. ^ Yahoo! Inc. – Company History. yhoo.client.shareholder.com
  9. ^ Alex Gray (April 10, 2017). "These are the world's most popular websites". World Economic Forum. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Most Popular Sites 2012: Alexa Ranks The 500 Most-Visited Websites," Huffington Post, August 9, 2012

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Filo (name)

Filo or Fillo may refer to the following people:

Given nameFilo Paulo (born 1987), New Zealand-born rugby union player

Filo Tiatia (born 1971), New Zealand international rugby union footballerSurnameDavid Filo (born 1966), American businessman, co-founder of Yahoo!

John Filo (born 1948), American photographer

Frank Filo (born 1971), American association football defender

Martin Fillo (born 1986), Czech football player

Michal Filo (born 1984), Slovak football striker

Stefania Filo Speziale (1905–1988), Italian architect

Tamás Filó (born 1979), Hungarian football player

Vladimír Filo (1940–2015), Slovak Roman Catholic bishop

Xavier Su'a-Filo (born 1991), American football guard

Yuval Filo (born 1998), Israeli rhythmic gymnast

Global labor arbitrage

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Often, a prosperous nation (such as the United States) will remove its barriers to international trade, integrating its labor market with those of nations with a lower cost of labor (such as India, China, and Mexico), resulting in a shifting of jobs from the prosperous nation to the developing one. The end result is an increase in the supply of labor relative to the demand for labor, which means a decrease in costs and a decrease in wages.

History of Yahoo!

Yahoo! was started at Stanford University. It was founded in January 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo, who were Electrical Engineering graduate students when they created a website named "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web". The Guide was a directory of other websites, organized in a hierarchy, as opposed to a searchable index of pages. In April 1994, Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web was renamed "Yahoo!". The word "YAHOO" is a backronym for "Yet Another Hierarchically Organized Oracle" or "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle." The yahoo.com domain was created on January 18, 1995.Yahoo! grew rapidly throughout the 1990s and diversified into a web portal, followed by numerous high-profile acquisitions. The company's stock price skyrocketed during the dot-com bubble and closed at an all-time high of US$118.75 in 2000; however, after the dot-com bubble burst, it reached an all-time low of US$8.11 in 2001. Yahoo! formally rejected an acquisition bid from the Microsoft Corporation in 2008. In early 2012, the largest layoff in Yahoo!'s history was completed and 2,000 employees (14 percent of the workforce) lost their jobs.Carol Bartz replaced co-founder Jerry Yang as CEO in January 2009, but was fired by the board of directors in September 2011; Tim Morse was appointed as interim CEO following Bartz's departure. Former PayPal president Scott Thompson became CEO in January 2012 and after he resigned was replaced by Ross Levinsohn as the company's interim CEO on May 13, 2012. On July 16, former Google executive Marissa Mayer, became the CEO of the company.

Jerry Yang

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Larry Augustin

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List of Americans by net worth

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Notably, the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list is published annually since 1982. The combined net worth of the 2017 class of the 400 richest Americans was $2.7 trillion, up from $2.4 trillion in the previous year. As of March 2018, the U.S. had 585 billionaires.

List of mergers and acquisitions by Yahoo!

Yahoo! is a computer software and web search engine company founded on March 1, 1995. The company is a public corporation and its headquarters is located in Sunnyvale, California. It was founded by Stanford University graduate students Jerry Yang and David Filo in 1994. According to web traffic analysis companies, Yahoo has been one of the most visited websites on the Internet, with more than 130 million unique users per month in the United States alone. As of October 2007, the global network of Yahoo receives 3.4 billion page views per day on average, making it one of the most visited US websites.Yahoo's first acquisition was the purchase of Net Controls, a web search engine company, in September 1997 for US$1.4 million. As of April 2008, the company's largest acquisition is the purchase of Broadcast.com, an Internet radio company, for $5.7 billion, making Broadcast.com co-founder Mark Cuban a billionaire. Most of the companies acquired by Yahoo are based in the United States; 78 of the companies are from the United States, and 15 are based in a foreign country. As of July 2015, Yahoo has acquired 114 companies, with Polyvore being the latest.

List of people from Lake Charles, Louisiana

Among the notable people from Lake Charles, Louisiana:

Chad Ogea (b. 1970), pitcher, Major League Baseball(1994-1999); for the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies, best known for his performance in the 1997 World Series w/ 2 wins (2 & 6), 2 RBIs & 1 Run (gm. 6)

Ha*Ash is a Mexican-American pop-country duo composed of sisters Hanna Nicole (born June 25, 1985) and Ashley Grace (born January 29, 1987).

Mark Abraham, state representative for Calcasieu Parish, effective 2016

Lynda Benglis, sculptor, born in Lake Charles

Terry Burrows, Major League Baseball pitcher; played for the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres

James David Cain (b. 1938), former state senator; former state representative for Beauregard Parish whose district included a part of Calcasieu Parish

Edward M. Carmouche (1921–1990), chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party, 1966-1968; ally of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson

Christopher Catrambone (b. 1981), Businessman and Humanitarian, founder of Migrant Offshore Aid Station

A. C. Clemons (1921–1992), trucking executive in Jefferson Davis Parish; first Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate since Reconstruction

Casey Daigle, baseball pitcher in the Houston Astros organization; husband of softball star Jennie Finch; graduated from Sulphur High School

Mike Danahay, Democratic state representative for Calcasieu Parish since 2008; sales representative in Lake Charles; graduate of McNeese State University

Michael E. DeBakey, heart surgeon; first person to successfully implant an artificial heart (1963); member of the Health Care Hall of Fame; recipient of the United Nations Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, and the National Medal of Science; originator of the M.A.S.H. unit concept; born in Lake Charles; graduate of Lake Charles High School

William Dore, businessman

Andre Dubus, author and essayist; born in Lake Charles; educated at McNeese State University

Joe Dumars, former player and current general manager for the Detroit Pistons; played for McNeese State University before going on to have a successful NBA career; named MVP of the 1989 NBA finals; elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006

Stephen Dwight, incoming Republican member of the Louisiana House for District 35

David Filo, billionaire; born in Wisconsin but raised partly in Moss Bluff; co-creator of the Internet portal Yahoo!

Sean Patrick Flanery, actor; starred in The Boondock Saints and The Dead Zone television series; born in Lake Charles

Dan Flavin, former state representative from Lake Charles

Ray Fontenot, Major League Baseball pitcher, 1983–1986, for the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and Minnesota Twins

Matt Forte, starting running back and 2nd round-pick of the Chicago Bears; MVP of the 2008 Senior Bowl

A. B. Franklin, state representative for Calcasieu Parish since 2008

Lether Frazar, president of McNeese State University; Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana under Earl Kemp Long, 1956–1960; namesake of the McNeese library

Dominic Gorie, astronaut from Lake Charles

Johnnie Gray, retired NFL safety, played for the Green Bay Packers

Paul Groves (tenor), opera singer

Nickie Hall, gridiron football player

Allen "Puddler" Harris, musician with Ricky Nelson, Conway Twitty, and Jimmie Davis; former director of the Lake Charles Civic Center

T. H. Harris, state superintendent of education, 1908–1940; principal of Central High School in Lake Charles in the middle 1890s

Mike Heinen, professional golfer; has played on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour; former winner of the PGA Shell Houston Open

Bob Hilton, host of the game shows including Truth or Consequences; briefly the announcer for The Price is Right; began his career at KPLC TV

Harry Hollins, state representative for Calcasieu Parish, 1964-1980

Brian Johnson, champion track-and-field athlete; college coach

Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones (b. 1905), president and baseball coach at Grambling State University, 1936-1977; born in Lake Charles

Robert G. "Bob" Jones, stockbroker in Lake Charles; former member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature from Calcasieu Parish

Sam Houston Jones (b. 1897), served as Assistant Parish Prosecutor in Lake Charles for nine years before defeating Earl Kemp Long; governor of Louisiana in 1940; born in Merryville, Louisiana; died in 1978 in Lake Charles, where he is interred at Prien Pines Cemetery

Claude Kirkpatrick (1917–1997), state representative from Jefferson Davis Parish (1952–1960); director of the Louisiana Department of Public Works, through which capacity he worked to establish the Toledo Bend Reservoir; grew up in Lake Charles and graduated from Lake Charles High School

Eddie Kennison, retired NFL player, active (1996-2008) graduated from Washington-Marion High School

Chuck Kleckley, departing state representative and Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives

Jesse Knowles, businessman, civic leader, state legislator representing Calcasieu Parish; survivor of the World War II Bataan Death March

Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

Conway LeBleu, represented Calcasieu and Cameron parishes in the Louisiana House, 1964-1988; a Lake Charles native

Zachary Levi, actor, title character in the NBC series Chuck; born in Lake Charles

Margaret Lowenthal, first woman to represent Calcasieu Parish in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1980-1988

Nellie Lutcher, jazz singer, gained some national popularity in the late 1940s and 50s; recorded for Capitol Records

Ted Lyons, baseball Hall of Famer who pitched for the Chicago White Sox; born in Lake Charles

Ron Miller, Maryland politician

Willie Mount, mayor of Lake Charles (1993–1999)

Van Dyke Parks, Mississippi-born composer, singer, musician, and actor; grew up in Lake Charles

James St. Raymond (born c. 1957), former state representative and businessman in Orleans Parish; formerly resided in Lake Charles

Eddie Shuler, founder of Goldband Records; recorded swamp pop, Cajun, and other genres of southern music

Guy Sockrider (1921-2011), industrialist; state senator, 1948-1964

Victor T. "Vic" Stelly (born 1941), former state representative; author of the Stelly Plan

Dennis Stine, state representative, 1987-1988; state commissioner of administration, 1988-1992; lumber company official

James Sudduth (1917-1995), mayor of Lake Charles, 1965-1973 and 1989-1993; director of the Port of Lake Charles; former city finance director

Joe Gray Taylor, distinguished historian of Louisiana and the American South; professor and graduate school dean at McNeese State University

Justin Vincent, plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers; graduate of Alfred M. Barbe High School in Lake Charles

Donald Ellsworth Walter, U.S. District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana; U.S. attorney for the Western District 1969-1977, based in Shreveport; attorney formerly in private practice in Lake Charles

George H. Wells (1833–1905), Northern-born Confederate States of America officer; practiced law in Lake Charles; served in the Louisiana State Senate, 1878-1880

Lucinda Williams, singer-songwriter born in Lake Charles; recorded the song "Lake Charles" about Clyde Woodward, a boyfriend of hers born in Nacogdoches, Texas, who nevertheless told everybody that he was from Lake Charles

Ken Winey, player of gridiron football

Henry L. Yelverton (1928–2009), district and appellate judge based in Lake Charles, 1971–2003

Moss Bluff, Louisiana

Moss Bluff is a census-designated place (CDP) in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 11,557 at the 2010 census. Located just north of the city of Lake Charles, it is considered a suburb of that city. Moss Bluff is a burgeoning community, and is one of the communities in Calcasieu Parish besides Lake Charles and Sulphur experiencing growth. Several efforts have been made to incorporate Moss Bluff, but at the present time the community is unincorporated.

My Yahoo!

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Sam Houston High School (Louisiana)

Sam Houston High School is a high school in an unincorporated area north of Lake Charles, Louisiana. It is a part of Calcasieu Parish Public Schools and was established in 1961.

Srinija Srinivasan

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Susan Decker

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Timothy Koogle

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Tulane University

Tulane University is a private research university in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was founded as a public medical college in 1834 and became a comprehensive university in 1847. The institution was made private under the endowments of Paul Tulane and Josephine Louise Newcomb in 1884. Tulane is the 9th oldest private university in the Association of American Universities, which consists of major research universities in the United States and Canada. The Tulane University Law School and Tulane University Medical School are considered the 12th oldest and 15th oldest law and medical schools, respectively, in the United States.Alumni include prominent entrepreneurs, founders, and inventors in technology, medical devices, entertainment, retail, mass media, fashion, and public policy; the President of Costa Rica; U.S. State governors; Federal judges (including a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court); U.S. Senators; U.S. Members of Congress (including a Speaker of the House); heads of Federal agencies; two Surgeons General of the United States; U.S. diplomats; at least 23 undergraduate Marshall scholars (which ranks Tulane 18th among all universities and colleges); at least 18 Rhodes scholars; at least 12 Truman scholars; 155 Fulbright scholars; prominent screenwriters; Emmy-award winners; Oscar-Award winners; Pulitzer-prize-winning authors; chief executive officers; major law firm partners; university presidents; living billionaires including Ricardo Salinas Pliego; Stanley Motta; David Filo; and Jerry Springer. At least two Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university.


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