Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Richard Shuttleworth (born 18 September 1973) is a South African entrepreneur and space tourist[2][3][4] who became the first citizen of an independent African country to travel to space.[5] Shuttleworth founded Canonical Ltd. and as of 2013, provides leadership for the Ubuntu operating system.[6] He currently lives on the Isle of Man[7] and holds dual citizenship of South Africa and the United Kingdom... Shuttleworth founded Thawte in 1995, which specialised in digital certificates and Internet security, and then sold it to Verisign in December 1999, earning R 3.5 billion (about US$ 575 million at the time)... In the 1990s, Shuttleworth participated as one of the developers of the Debian operating system.[14] In 2001 he formed the Shuttleworth Foundation, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to social innovation which also funds educational, free, and open source software projects in South Africa, such as the Freedom Toaster. In 2004 he returned to the free software world by funding the development of Ubuntu, a Linux distribution based on Debian, through his company Canonical Ltd. In 2005 he founded the Ubuntu Foundation and made an initial investment of 10 million dollars.

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