Jay Walker, Chairman
Entrepreneur and Inventor, Curator and Collector at the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination
Jay Walker is one of America’s best-known business inventors and entrepreneurs. He has founded multiple successful start-up companies across various industries that today serve tens of millions of customers each, the most recognizable being Priceline and Synapse Group. He currently serves as executive chairman and lead inventor of Patent Properties; curator of TEDMED; and chairman of Walker Digital, amongst additional roles at other entities.
Mr. Walker is the world’s 11th most patented living inventor, named on over 700 issued and pending U.S. and international patents. Many respected national publications have acknowledged Jay Walker for his leadership in business innovation. Twice named as one of the “50 most influential business leaders in the digital age” by the editors of TIME magazine, he was selected by Businessweek as one of its 25 Internet pioneers “most responsible for changing the competitive landscape of almost every industry in the world.” Newsweek cited Jay Walker as one of three executives at the forefront of the Internet commerce revolution.
Mr. Walker is member and contributor to several organizations that work for a better future including the National Academies; the National Academies Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy; TED; World Information Transfer Inc.; and the National Academy of Inventors; among others. He is also the curator and collector for the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination.
Mr. Walker He is married to Eileen Walker, a trustee of Cornell University and a former personnel executive at IBM.