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# 311 Jack Dangermond 


Real Time Net Worth
as of 6/14/2024

# 311 Jack Dangermond 


Real Time Net Worth
as of 6/14/2024
OccupationCofounder and President, Esri
Source of WealthMapping Software
ResidenceRedlands, California
Marital StatusMarried
EducationBS, California State Polytechnical University; MS, Harvard University; MS, University of Minnesota
Age-Adjusted Net Worth$2.45B
Jack Dangermond
Jack Dangermond
United States
Net worth: $8.27B

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Jack Dangermond was born in 1945 in Redlands, California, to Dutch immigrant parents who owned a plant nursery in the town.
He attended Redlands High School before pursuing higher education.
Dangermond completed his undergraduate degree in landscape architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, followed by a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Minnesota.
He then earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1969.
His early work at Harvard's Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis (LCGSA) directly contributed to the development of Esri's ARC/INFO GIS software.
Jack Dangermond co-founded the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) with Laura Dangermond in 1969, using $1,100 in personal savings.
He is regarded as the godfather of digital mapping technology.
Esri, under Dangermond's leadership, evolved into the industry leader in GIS technology, commanding about a 40% share of the global geographic information system market.
Dangermond serves as the president of Esri, which is headquartered in Redlands, California.
The development and marketing of ARC/INFO positioned Esri as the dominant market player among GIS software developers.
Esri's flagship product, ArcGIS, is a direct result of Dangermond's initial efforts.


In December 2017, Jack and Laura Dangermond donated $165 million to establish the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve on the Pacific coast, the largest-ever gift to The Nature Conservancy.
They have also signed The Giving Pledge, committing to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.
In January 2020, the Dangermonds donated $3 million to the Museum of Redlands fund.
In 2005, Jack Dangermond assisted in establishing the American Association of Geographers Marble Fund for Geographic Science, aimed at advancing GIScience education by providing awards to undergraduate and graduate student research.

Education and Honors

Jack Dangermond holds honorary doctoral degrees from 13 institutions.
He completed his education with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1969.

How long would it take you to become as rich as Jack Dangermond?

If you started with $10,000 and invested an additional $500 each month at a 43.94% CAGR, it would take you 5 years to reach Jack Dangermond's net worth of $8.27B.

Is this realistic? It depends how closely the VIX-TA-Macro Advanced model performs to its history in the future. Since Grizzly Bulls launched on January 1, 2022, it's returned 43.45% compared to 12.43% for the S&P 500 benchmark.

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Jack Dangermond is very wealthy, but what's stopping you from reaching that same level of success? As summarized in our five fundamental rules to wealth building, becoming wealthy in a modern capitalist economy is not complicated. There's actually only three variables:

  1. Your starting capital
  2. Your earnings after expenses
  3. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of your savings

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Source: Grizzly Bulls reporting

Methodology: Grizzly Bulls' Billionaires Index is a daily ranking of the world's billionaires and richest people. Grizzly Bulls strives to provide the most accurate net worth calculations available. We pull data from public equity markets, SEC filings, public real estate records, and other reputable sources.

The index is dynamic and updates daily at the close of U.S. stock market trading based on changes in the markets, economy, and updates to Grizzly Bulls' proprietary algorithm of personal wealth calculation. Stakes in public companies are tracked daily based on the relevant closing prices of the underlying securities. Additionally, stakes in private companies, cash, real estate, and other less easily valued assets are updated periodically through careful analysis of insider transactions, comparable public company sales / EBITDA multiples, etc.

Edited by: Lee Bailey