Richard Barton

CEO & co-Founder at Zillow Group

As chief executive officer of Zillow Group, Rich oversees the company’s portfolio of real estate and home-related brands, including Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads, Naked Apartments, and Out East. Rich co-founded Zillow in 2005 to empower consumers with information and improve the way people buy and sell homes. He served as CEO until 2010, when he became the company’s executive chairman. Rich returned as CEO in February 2019, at a time when Zillow Group dramatically expanded the scope of its businesses to make real estate transactions easier and more seamless for consumers. Rich has a long history of founding and advising successful companies, with a focus on those that bring “power to the people” by innovating on behalf of the consumer. Before Zillow, Rich founded Expedia within Microsoft in 1994 and successfully spun the company out as a public company in 1999. Rich served as president, CEO and board director of Expedia from 1999 until 2003. He also co-founded and served as non-executive chairman of Glassdoor from its 2007 founding through its acquisition in 2018. Rich was a venture partner at Benchmark, a venture capital firm that has been an early-stage investor in companies like Netflix, Instagram, WeWork and Zillow, from 2005 until 2018. He has served on many public company boards, and continues to be a board director for Netflix, where he has served since 2002; Qurate, a holding company that runs several digital commerce businesses and was formerly called Liberty Interactive Corp., since 2016; Artsy, an online collection and resource for art collectors, since 2017; and Zillow Group. He earned a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering: Industrial Economics from Stanford University.
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