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Jay Walker



Jay Walker is the Curator and Chairman of TEDMED.  Founder of three companies that each serve more than 50 million customers, Jay is the world’s 11th most patented living inventor, with his name on 700 U.S. patents across a dozen different industries.  Best known as the founder of Priceline, Jay is also the founder and curator of the world's only Library of The History of Human Imagination. Jay will share with us spectacular treasures from his library.

Jay Walker is curator and chairman of TEDMED, a global community of people from every field who focus on unlocking imagination in service of health and medicine. TEDMED is the sole independent licensee of world-famous TED organization, whose online talks have been watched more than a billion times.


Jay is a serial entrepreneur – a founder of three companies each with more than 50 million customers. He is also one of the world’s most prolific inventors. He is 11th on the list of the world’s most patented living inventors. Jay is the lead inventor on more than 700 U.S. patents focused on unique business systems and solutions across a dozen different industries.


Jay is best known as the founder of Priceline, which has grown into a business with a $50 billion market cap, second only to Apple computer on the S&P as the company with the highest 10-year compounded growth rate.


A noted expert on imagination, Jay created and curates one of the world’s great private libraries – The Library of The History of Human Imagination. Filled with books, manuscripts, historical artifacts and treasures of all kinds, especially in the field of medicine, the facility was described by Wired magazine as “the most amazing library in the world.”


Jay is also an active member of The President’s Circle of the National Academies, The Atlantic Council, and the non-profit TED.

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Chairman & Curator, TEDMED


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