Andreas von Bechtolsheim

Andreas Maria Maximilian Freiherr von Mauchenheim genannt Bechtolsheim is a German electrical engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and self-made billionaire. He co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 and was its chief hardware designer.

  • Andreas “Andy” von Bechtolsheim is cofounder, chairman and chief development officer of network switching company Arista Networks.
  • Much of his fortune stems from an early $100,000 investment in Google.
  • He has earmarked his nearly 20% stake in Arista for his heirs.
  • In 1982, he cofounded tech hardware firm Sun Microsystems with Bill Joy, Scott McNealy and Vinod Khosla. Oracle bought Sun in 2010 for $7.4 billion.
  • Born in Germany, Bechtolsheim studied computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and went to Stanford University for his Ph.D.