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Sep 29, 2009

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Are you Blackbery users? hm... This powerful gadget still have been the most favourite gadget in the world. But did you know who is the founder of Blackberry? Here, we give you some little story about Blackberry founder.

Mihal (Michael) Lazaridis was born in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 14th, 1961.
In 1966, with his parents he moved from Turkey to Windsor, Ontario. In 1980, he enrolled at the University of Waterloo. He dropped out in 1985 shortly before graduation, having been offered a lucrative contract from General Motors for the nascent RIM.

He is married to Ophelia Lazaridis and have two children, Cleo and Kern.

As President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), a company Mr. Lazaridis founded while a student at UW, he is responsible for product strategy, research and development, product development, and manufacturing. Mr. Lazaridis is also a leader in his community and a passionate advocate for education and scientific research. Mr. Lazaridis supports his community and country through generous philanthropic gifts made possible by his success in business.

Latest news, he donated over $75 million to UW to help establish an Institute for Quantum Computing. Mr. Lazaridis also personally invested $150 million in the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) and, through his leadership and tireless effort, has generated more than $100 million in additional private and public sector funding for this world leading centre of scientific excellence.

Form zero to hero, maybe we can called Mr. Lazaridis. After created BlackBerry and didn't finish his gaduated, now, he holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Waterloo (Engineering), McMaster University, University of Windsor and Université Laval. This is not end, he also get award form The Ernest C. Manning Principal Award for Canada's most prestigious innovation prize and was listed on the TIME 100 List of Most Influential People. Mr. Lazaridis is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was named to the Order of Ontario and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Hm... great expectation!! Are you the next "Lazaridis"? We'll see...

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