Jimmy Wales is the founder of Wikipedia. From 1994 to 2000 he was research director at Chicago Options Associates; in 2001 he launched Wikipedia with Larry Sanger and others. Wales serves on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, the non-profit charitable organisation that he helped establish to operate Wikipedia. In 2004, he co-founded Wikia, a for-profit wiki hosting service. His role in creating Wikipedia, which has become the world’s largest encyclopedia, prompted Time Magazine to name him in their 2006 list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”.