Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Richard Shuttleworth (born 18 September 1973) is a South African entrepreneur, philanthropist, and space tourist who became the first South African in space. Shuttleworth founded Canonical Ltd. and as of 2012, provides leadership for the Ubuntu operating system. He currently lives on the Isle of Man and holds dual citizenship of South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Shuttleworth was born in Welkom, Orange Free State, South Africa as a son of a surgeon and a nursery school teacher. After attending school at Rondebosch Boys’ High School for one term, then Western Province Preparatory School (where Shuttleworth eventually became Head Boy in 1986), followed by Bishops/Diocesan College (where Shuttleworth was Head Boy in 1991). Shuttleworth then studied and obtained a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Finance and Information Systems at the University of Cape Town. He lived in Smuts Hall, where he was involved in the installation of the first residential Internet connections at…