Stephen Kaufer

912 Votes

Compensation: $43,160,584
Company: TripAdvisor



Mr. Stephen Kaufer, also known as Steve, co-founded TripAdvisor Inc. in February 2000 and has been its Chief Executive Officer and President since February 2000. Mr. Kaufer is a Co-Founder of TripAdvisor LLC and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. He has built the TripAdvisor Media Group, consisting of 19 leading travel brands and has expanded the TripAdvisor brand into 30 countries, including France, Germany, Greece, Italy, India, Japan, Russia, Spain, the U.K., Indonesia, Argentina, Taiwan, Malaysia and Egypt. He serves as an Advisor of CarGurus LLC. He is also an advisor to WeddingBook, a wedding planning site and Abroad101. He served as the President of CDS, Inc. He co-founded CenterLine Software in 1985 and served as its Vice President of Engineering until 1998, where he led the development of several award winning programming environments that fueled the CenterLine Software’s growth to 20+ million in revenues. He serves as a Director of DigitalAdvisor LLC.

He serves as a Director of Glassdoor, Inc., as well as the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (formerly known as Caring for Carcinoid Foundation). Mr. Kaufer also serves as the President and Chairman of the Board at The TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation. He has been a Director of TripAdvisor Inc. since December 2011. Mr. Kaufer also possesses strategic and governance skills gained through his executive and director roles with several other companies. He serves as a Director of LiveData, Inc. He serves as a Director of the Caring for Carcinoid Foundation. He has been a Director of CarGurus, Inc since June 2007. He serves as Director of He holds several software patents and has spoken at dozens of high-tech conferences worldwide. He is the winner of the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Kaufer holds a BS/A.B. in Computer Science from Harvard University.