Brian Chesky: The Industrial DesignerBrian Chesky has always been interested in art since he was young. According to a profile done by the Business Insider, Chesky was an avid artist who liked to draw and would even design Nike sneakers. He would also draw replicas of paintings and design toys. By the time the last year of the 90s rolled along, he went on to become a student at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he focused on Industrial Design. He was also the captain of the school’s hockey team. It was also while attending RISD that Chesky met Joe Gabbia, one of the eventual co-founders of Airbnb. He flew out to Los Angeles to work as an industrial designer, which allowed him to earn $40,000 per year.
Brian Chesky: The Airbed Rental HostBy 2007, Brian Chesky left Los Angeles for San Francisco and began sharing an apartment with Joe Gabbia. In October of that year, the Industrial Designers Society of America hosted a conference in the city, which meant that hotels in the area were quickly full. According to Business Insider, Gabbia pitched the idea of renting their apartment out to the attendees of the conference who could no longer find accommodation in hotels. Chesky agreed and the two went on to buy three airbeds. Three guests ended up renting those airbeds, making Chesky and Gabbia the first hosts of Airbnb, as the official website puts it. The pair even offered their guests Pop Tarts for breakfast.
Brian Chesky: The Airbnb CEO and Co-Founder
Brian Chesky: The Billionaire Who Will Give His Wealth AwayHis Forbes profile also indicates that he placed fourth in the list of America’s Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 in 2016. With a current net worth of $10.3 billion, it probably does not come as a surprise to anyone.
But what some may not know about the billionaire Airbnb CEO is that he has pledged to donate more than half of their wealth. Brian Chesky, along with Joe Gabbia and Nathan Blecharczyk, publicly signed the Giving Pledge, which was started by fellow billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
As a signatory of the Giving Pledge, Chesky will donate “the net proceeds of his CEO equity compensation to community, philanthropic and charitable causes,” according to the Airbnb website.
Written by Isabella James