Gary Burrell

About Gary Burrell

Who is it?: Chairman Emeritus, Garmin CorporationChairman Emeritus, Garmin Corporation
Birth Year: 1937
Birth Place: United States
Alma mater: Wichita State University (B.S., Electrical Engineering) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S.)
Occupation: electrical engineer and entrepreneur
Known for: co-founder of the Garmin GPS company

Gary Burrell

Gary Burrell was born on 1937 in United States, is Chairman Emeritus, Garmin CorporationChairman Emeritus, Garmin Corporation. In the early 1980s when Gary Burrell was working for aerospace and engineering firm Allied Signal, the engineering world was abuzz with talk of the federal government building a new tracking device using satellite technology. In 1989 after Allied Signal cut its research budget, Burrell and his colleague Min Kao (also a billionaire) left to start Garmin, the first company to manufacture Global Positioning Systems (GPS) navigational devices for the commercial market. Today Garmin manufactures GPS devices for automotive, aviation, marine, health and personal use. The company's moniker is a combination of the founders' first names. Burrell, who stepped down as co-CEO in 2002, is chairman emeritus and the second largest shareholder, with a 14% stake in Garmin.
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Gary Burrell was born in 1937. He earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University and a master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Burrell worked for Lowrance Electronics and King Radio Corporation. In the early 1980s, he worked for Allied Signal.


Along with partner Min Kao, Burrell founded Garmin in 1989 to make navigation devices for aviation and boating using the Global Positioning System. Their original office was two folding chairs and a card table. Some U.S. servicemen used Garmin GPS during the first Gulf War, even though Garmin never had a military contract. Later on, the Technology was expanded for the U.S. market, providing directions across all United States roads and highways.


Burrell is married, and he has three children. He resides in Spring Hill, Kansas. As of 2016, Burrell is a former Billionaire.

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