If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of questions about Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
If you’re anything like me, these are just a few of the Jimmy Wales related questions you’ve asked yourself in the past few months. But, if you’re anything like me, you haven’t known where to turn for the answers.
Without fanfare, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has apparently been quietly working on a new project: to build the world’s largest resource of Jimmy Wales related answers.
But rather than building his own platform, as he did with Wikipedia, Wales is building his Walesopedia project on Quora, where he has apparently tasked himself with answering every single question asked about Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales.
To the question about whether he has seen Breaking Bad, Wales responded:
To the question about his first job, Wales answers:
This is often thought of as a great character building exercise and great training to be an entrepreneur. I thought it was a great education in how badly one might be paid if they do manual labor for a living and therefore a great incentive to get educated!
My first actual ‘job’ with a paycheck was working in a grocery store as a bag boy.
The only subject Wales seems coy about is that of his own net worth. To the question “Is Jimmy Wales rich?” he answers:
But the point I’m making is that people often get sucked into a way of thinking about things that makes them think that a reasonable standard for measuring whether someone is wealthy or not is appropriately measured relative to Mark Zuckerberg or the Google guys or whatever.
…which is to say that, yes, if by “rich,” you mean “does Jimmy Wales live on more than $2 a day?” then of course Jimmy Wales is rich. But if you mean is Jimmy Wales “rich” compared to four of the richest people to have ever walked the planet then Jimmy Wales is basically Mother Fucking Theresa. (Related: Wales is yet to answer the question “What challenges has Jimmy Wales faced?“)
But even to the Walesophiles on Walesopedia, Wales’ answer to the money question wasn’t quite good enough. “What is Jimmy Wales’ net worth?” persists another questioner.
Wales takes another swing at not really answering:
I can tell you this much, though, it’s at least…
It’s not entirely clear if Wales means “One millllllllllion dollars” per Mike Myers’ Doctor Evil character, or whether he’s referring to Myers’ reported $175m net worth. But given Wales said in 2012 that he’d like to sell his for-profit Wikia business for a billion dollars, his actual net worth is likely more than both those numbers added together.
Also unclear is what Jimmy Wales intends to do with the over-1m Quora credits he has apparently earned answering all these questions about Jimmy Wales. It’s very possible he’s just building Walesopedia because he knows he’s the best man for the job.
After all, as he writes on Quora: “”
And now so do we, Jimmy. So do we.