In March 2000, he launched Nupedia—an open-content, peer-moderated reference site.
He hired an academic, Larry Sanger, to serve as editor-in-chief.
In 2001, Wales founded the open-content internet resource Wikipedia, which became the world's largest encyclopedia.
Wales also founded the for-profit web-hosting company Wikia, and has advised governments and universities.
In 1996, he left his job at the firm to cofound a startup called Bornis.
One camera was on Barber and the other was behind the plate.
Wales attended the Randolph preparatory school and studied finance at Auburn University.
After graduating, he began a doctoral program in finance at the University of Alabama.
Wales transferred to Indiana University before dropping out of school to take a job in a financial services firm.
Wales had been interested in the internet from its earliest days.