Who Is David Karp? Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Tumblr Founder

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David Karp had been called one of the richest Internet entrepreneurs before he sold Tumblr to Yahoo for $1.1 billion. At just 26-years-old, his net worth is now estimated to be about $220 million. But who is he? Wall Street Insanity has compiled the following list of everything you ever wanted to know about the newest Internet millionaire:

  • The son of a television composer and a teacher, Karp is a New York City native.
  • He began learning teaching himself HTML and designing Web sites for local businesses at age 11.
  • Karp attended high school at Bronx Science just one year before dropping out to be homeschooled at age 15.
  • He never earned his high-school diploma.
  • Karp began an internship for animation producer Fred Seibert of Frederation Studios at 14, then went to work as a software consultant for UrbanBaby at 16.
  • He spent five months in Japan at the age of 17 and considered making robots  before deciding to be an entrepreneur.
  • Karp left UrbanBaby and began working on Tumblr in 2006 when he was 20 years old. The site launched in 2007.
  • He lives in a refurbished 1,700-square-foot Brooklyn apartment with his girlfriend, chef Rachel Eakley.
  • Karp was named one of the top 35 innovators under age 35 by the MIT Technology Review in 2010.
  • He rides around New York on a Vespa.
  • Karp’s favorite television show is “The Colbert Report.
  • He owns a French-English bulldog mix named Clark.
  • He doesn’t set his alarm clock on the weekends, but rarely sleeps past 9 a.m.
  • Karp was named to Forbes’ 2013 “30 Under 30” list.