He now serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of Salk Institute. Formerly, he served as the previous chairman and co-founder of Qualcomm. Of Jewish lineage, Jacobs has been wed to Joan Klein since 1954. They will have four kids jointly named Hal, Jeff, Paul and Gary.
Irwin Jacobs Net Worth $1.55 Billion
He attended Cornell University where he finished his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1956. Hal then attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) where he finished his S.M. and Sc.D.degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in 1957 and 1959.
In 1994, he became a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and Cornell University Entrepreneur of the Year Award. A year later, he won the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal for exceptional contributions to telecommunications which likewise incorporate theory, practice, leadership and product development. In 2001, he received the Bower Award for Business Direction. From 1966 to 1972, he worked for the University of California, San Diegoas an Electrical Engineering Assistant and Associate Professorat MIT. It was in 1985 when he co-founded Qualcomm.