Chad Hurley - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 23, 2022

Chad Hurley
Profession: Entrepreneur, Businessman
Best Known For: YouTube founder
Salary: $34 million
Net Worth: $700 million

Personal Details

Born on : January 24, 1977 (age 46)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Chad Meredith Hurley
Birth Place: Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Horoscope: Aquarius
Father's Name: Don Hurley
Mother's Name: Joann Hurley
Siblings: 2

Heather Hurley (older sister)
Brent Hurley (younger brother)

High School: Twin Valley High School
University: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (English, German)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife's Name: Kathy Clark
Children: 2

Body Measurements

Height: 1.80 meter (5 feet 11 inch)
Weight: 72 kg (158.73 lb)
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Chad Hurley?

People with innovative ideas change the world and Chad Hurley is one of them. With the success of his company YouTube, he was listed in 2006’s list of “50 People Who Matter Now” at 28! How is Chad Hurley related to James H. Clark? Read on about the tech mogul and entrepreneur.

Source: Inc (Chad Hurley)

Chad Hurley – Age, Parents, Siblings

Chad Hurley was born on January 24, 1977, as Chad Meredith Hurley. His birthplace is Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. His father’s name is Don Hurley and his mother’s name is Joann Hurley. He is not the only child of his parents and has a younger brother named Brent Hurley and an older sister named Heather Hurley. 

They were all raised in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. Speaking of his childhood curiosity, he recalled, “I was one of those kids who took apart their toys to see how they work, just to see what they were made up of.”

Since his childhood, Hurley was attentive to computers and electronics, an interest which later developed into a passion.

Education, Ethnicity

 While at Twin Valley High School, he won two of its PIAA State titles in 1992 and 1994. He graduated from Twin Valley High School in 1995. Chad Hurley then enrolled in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the same in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts.

His ethnicity includes English and German.

Chad Hurley Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce, Affair

There are not many facts available on his former flames and girlfriends. Currently, he is a married man and is married to Kathy Clark. By his marriage, he is the son-in-law of James H. Clark, a Silicon Valley tech mogul.

The couple married in 2000 and has two children. They have chosen to live a low-key life, keeping their personal life private.

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Source: Instagram (Chad Hurley)

Chad Hurley Career

Early Career

At the initial of his career, he worked at eBay's PayPal division. He was also a team member who developed the original PayPal logo. With a creative idea, Chad Hurley along with his colleagues Steve Chen and Jawed Karim developed YouTube.


The ideas for YouTube were developed in early 2005. They had difficulty sharing videos that had been shot at a dinner party at Chen's apartment in San Francisco. However, Karim has denied that it had happened. Instead, he shared that the idea came with Janet Jackson’s breast incident!

During the 2004 Super Bowl performance, Jackson’s breasts were exposed, and later the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami occurred. Karim had difficulty finding both video clips online, which led to the idea of a video-sharing platform- YouTube.

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The trio worked together and finally launched YouTube on February 14, 2005. Without any pay, the team of 10 members worked, fully dedicated to the cause. After a successful year, they sold YouTube to Google Inc. for $1.65 billion and Hurley's share was $345.6M on Google's February 7, 2007. But he stayed on YouTube as a CEO until  October 2010. However, he stated he would stay on as an advisor. Salar Kamangar succeeded Chad Hurley.

Source: Instagram (Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and late David Bowie)

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They then went on to launch MixBit which does video editing using smartphones, similar to Vine, Instagram, and Vyclone. The app can record clips for a maximum of 16 seconds. MixBit has now been renamed Zeen and is now owned by BlueJeans in August 2018.

Other interests

Besides being interested in art during childhood, Chad Hurley is passionate about racing. In 2009, Hurley invested in a new Formula 1 team, Team US F1. But unfortunately, the team could not make it into the 2010 season. They unofficially shut down and the reasons were never made public.

In 1994, he founded a clothing brand with Anthony Mazzei named Hlaska.

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Chad Hurley – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth and annual salary of Hurley are estimated at $700 million and $34 million respectively.

Chad Hurley Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, Chad Hurley is followed by thousands of followers.

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