Emmett Shear is popular as the interim CEO of an American artificial intelligence company, OpenAI. He was named in the position on Sunday, 19 November 2023.
The decision was made after former CEO Sam Altman was dismissed by the board on Friday, 17 November 2023. Sam was removed from the position by the OpenAI board citing it had lost confidence in him.
Emmett Shear, the new CEO of OpenAI on a recent podcast.pic.twitter.com/6LGEOinn7r
— Rowan Cheung (@rowancheung) November 20, 2023
Following Sam’s sacking, Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter) that Sam would be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team. He said,
We remain committed to our partnership with OpenAI and have confidence in our product roadmap, our ability to continue to innovate with everything we announced at Microsoft Ignite, and in continuing to support our customers and partners. We look forward to getting to know Emmett Shear and OAI’s new leadership team and working with them. And we’re extremely excited to share the news that Sam Altman and Greg Brockman, together with colleagues, will be joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team. We look forward to moving quickly to provide them with the resources needed for their success.
Prior to taking the new position, Emmett was the Chief Executive Officer of Twitch.
Get to know more about Emmett Shear Wikipedia, net worth, wife, age, salary, parents, bio, baby, and other interesting facts.
Emmett Shear Wikipedia: Age, Parents, Ethnicity
Emmett Shear was born in 1983 in the United States. He is 40 years of age and he celebrates his birthday in the month of June every year.
Talking about his family, Emmett was raised by his parents, Kenneth Shear and Mary Bennett. Both of his parents were entrepreneurs. Emmett also has a younger brother named Adam Shear.
Emmett grew up in Seattle, Washington where he attended the Evergreen School for Gifted Children. Eventually, he graduated from the University of Washington in 1998.
Following that, Emmett earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Computer Science at Yale University in 2005.
With American nationality, Emmett has white ethnicity.
Emmett Shear Salary and Net Worth
Emmett enjoys a mammoth net worth in excess of $100 million from his professional career. His earnings are sure to rise in the coming days through his salary as the new CEO of OpenAI.
Today I got a call inviting me to consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to become the interim CEO of @OpenAI. After consulting with my family and reflecting on it for just a few hours, I accepted. I had recently resigned from my role as CEO of Twitch due to the birth of my…
— Emmett Shear (@eshear) November 20, 2023
Prior to his recent position, Emmett was named the Visiting Group Partner of Y Combinator in April 2023. Likewise, he served as the CEO of Twitch for 11 years and 6 months from October 2011 to March 2023.
Emmett worked as a Founder of Kiko Software Inc. from 2005 to September 2006. After that, he served as a Founder of Justin.TV Inc. for 5 years and 3 months from September 2006 to November 2011.
Moreover, Emmett was involved as a Part-time Partner at Y Combinator for 5 years and 1 month from June 2011 to June 2016. He then served as an Angel Investor at Fathom (YC W21) from August 2021 to September 2021.
Is Emmett Shear Married? Who Is His Wife?
Emmett prefers to remain tight-lipped when it comes to his relationship life. However, his interview after leaving Twitch confirms that he is married and has a baby.
When Emmett left as the CEO of Twitch in March 2023, he mentioned that he took the decision to look after his newborn son. He said,
Twitch has been like my family, the place I’ve spent more of my waking hours than anywhere else. With the arrival of my son, the time has come for me to focus my energies on building that tiny little startup family, and I’m ready to dedicate my energies there.
A surprise from week one of parenting. When I held my friend’s children and they started crying, I experienced fear and guilt (oh no i broke them). But when I hold my own son and he starts crying, I feel mostly compassion (aw, kid) and curiosity (what are you needing?).
— Emmett Shear (@eshear) March 17, 2023
However, Emmett is yet to reveal the identity of his partner as well as his newborn son.
While keeping his Instagram account private, Emmett is focused on his philanthropy works. Back in March 2020, he donated the initial $1 million to start a non-profit organization named SF New Deal during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization had the motive to order meals from San Francisco eateries and deliver them to people in need.