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Gary Burrell

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Nationality  American
Role  Businessman
Name  Gary Burrell

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Born  1937 (age 77–78)Stilwell, Kansas
Alma mater  Wichita State University (B.S., Electrical Engineering) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S.)
Occupation  electrical engineer and entrepreneur
Known for  co-founder of the Garmin GPS company
Education  Wichita State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Similar People  Min Kao, David Duffield, Jen Kao

Organizations founded  Garmin Ltd.
Net worth  1.45 billion USD (2015)

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Gary Burrell (born 1937) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Garmin, makers of popular Global Positioning System devices.


Early life

Gary Burrell was born in 1937. He earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University and a master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Burrell worked for Lowrance Electronics and King Radio Corporation. In the early 1980s, he worked for Allied Signal in the early 1980s.

Along with partner Min Kao, Burrell founded Garmin in 1989 to make navigation devices for aviation and boating using the Global Positioning System. Their original office was two folding chairs and a card table. Some U.S. servicemen used Garmin GPS during the first Gulf War, even though Garmin never had a military contract. Later on, the technology was expanded for the U.S. market, providing directions across all United States roads and highways.


Burrell is a significant donor to the Indian Creek Community Church in Olathe, Kansas.

Personal life

Burrell is married, and he has three children. He resides in Spring Hill, Kansas. As of 2016, Burrell is a former billionaire.


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