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Famous People from Hale County Texas

James H Clark

Billionaire Entrepreneur and computer scientist

James H Clark born Plainview Texas 1944

Born in Plainview Texas March 23, 1944, James H Clark is a billionaire entrepreneur and computer scientist. A high-school dropout, he founded and co-founded several major Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications Corporation, myCFO, and Healtheon.


Jim's mother worked in a doctor's office; his father did odd jobs and reportedly had a drinking problem and a violent temper. His parents divorced when he was fourteen, leaving his mother to support the family, which included Jim's brother and sister, on $225 a month. Clark attended Plainview High School but was bored. He was suspended in his junior year for talking back to a teacher.


He never returned. Instead, he joined the navy. After completing his four-year hitch, Clark passed his high school equivalency test and entered college. By 1971 he had received a master's degree in physics from the University of New Orleans, and in 1974 he earned a doctorate in computer science at the University of Utah. He spent four years in the Navy where he was introduced to electronics. Clark began taking night courses at Tulane University's University College where, despite his lack of a high school diploma, he was able to earn enough credits to be admitted to the University of New Orleans. There, Clark earned his bachelor's and a master's degrees in physics, followed by a PhD in computer science from the University of Utah in 1974.


In 2018 Mr. Clark had an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion according to Forbes.


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