Palmer Freeman Luckey (born September 19, 1992) is an American entrepreneur. He is the founder of Oculus VR and designer of the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display. Luckey ranks #22 on Forbes’ 2016 list of America’s richest entrepreneurs under 40.
Oculus VR was acquired by Facebook in March 2014 for US$3 billion. Although Luckey’s share was not made public, Forbes magazine estimated the founder’s net worth to be $700 million in 2015.
n 2014, Luckey was the recipient of Smithsonian Magazine’s American Ingenuity Award in the Youth category.
In 2016, Luckey was awarded the Royal Photographic Society Progress medal and Honorary Fellowship, which is awarded in recognition of any invention, research, publication or other contribution which has resulted in an important advance in the scientific or technological development of photography or imaging in the widest sense.
In September 2016, Luckey stated he is a libertarian who supported Libertarian Party politicians like Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the past.
During 2017, Luckey donated to the re-election campaigns of Ted Cruz, Dana Rohrabacher, Steve King, Darrell Issa, Jeff Denham, Mimi Walters, Steve Knight, Kevin McCarthy and Ed Royce, as well as the California Republican Party, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Mike Pence’s Great America Committee.
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