Nick Woodman is the founder and CEO of GoPro. When in his twenties, while traveling around the world surfing, he tried to attach a 35mm camera to the palm of his hand with a rubber band–wanting to capture his surfing on film. When that didn’t work out, he tried to develop a belt that would attach the camera to the body. Later, with a $200,000 investment from his father Dean Woodman, co-founder of the investment bank Robertson Stephens, Nick Woodman started to develop prototypes of what would become a GoPro.
In 2012, Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics contractor manufacturer, purchased 8.88% of GoPro for $200 million. Woodman became a billionaire. According to Forbes, the 39-year-old is worth $4.8 Billion. Woodman recently sat in for multimillionaire investor (and Shark) Robert Herjavec on the popular TV show Shark Tank.