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Idealab CEO Bill Gross - 

EXECUTIVE SNAPSHOT

Who: Bill Gross, chairman and CEO, Idealab.

Education: He graduated with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

What you may not know: Launched his first business as a teen selling bulk candy to classmates for a profit.

Personal: Gross lives with his family in Pasadena, Calif.