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Min Kao

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Occupation  Co-founder of Garmin
Children  Jen Kao
Net worth  2.4 billion USD (2015)

Role  Businessman
Name  Min Kao
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Born  1949 (age 66–67)Jhushan, Taiwan
Alma mater  National Taiwan University (BS) University of Tennessee (MS; PhD)
Known for  co-founder of the Garmin GPS company
Education  National Taiwan University, University of Tennessee
Similar People  Gary Burrell, Jen Kao, Clifton A Pemble

Organizations founded  Garmin Ltd.

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Min H. Kao (simplified Chinese: 高民环; traditional Chinese: 高民環; pinyin: Gāo Mínhuán) is a Taiwanese-born American electrical engineer, businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Garmin Corporation with Gary Burrell. As of August 2017, his personal wealth was estimated at $3 billion.


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Early life

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Min H. Kao was born in 1949 in a small town in Taiwan called Zhushan in Nantou. He graduated from the National Taiwan University in Taiwan and earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee.


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Kao undertook research for NASA and the United States Army. He was subsequently a systems analyst for Teledyne Systems, an algorithm designer for Magnavox Advanced Products, and an engineering group leader for King Radio Corporation. He also worked for AlliedSignal.

In 1989, with Gary Burrell, Kao co-founded Garmin, a company best known for manufacturing Global Positioning System.


In 2005, Kao gave $17.5 million to the College of Engineering of the University of Tennessee, $12.5 million of which was designated for the construction of a new facility. In May 2007, groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted for the new Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building. The building was dedicated in March 2012.

Personal life

Kao is married to Fan Kao. They have a son, Ken Kao, who is a film producer, and a daughter, Jen Kao, who is a fashion designer. They reside in Leawood, Kansas. In 2011, he purchased an apartment in 15 Central Park West, Manhattan, New York City.


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