AI chip giant Nvidia’s profit surge makes CEO $4.2B richer overnight


Nvidia’s chief executive Jensen Huang became $4.2 billion richer overnight after his software company crushed Wall Street’s second-quarter earnings expectations by billions, sending its stock surging by as much as 10% in aftermarket trading on Wednesday.

Nvidia posted a record revenue of $13.51 billion for the latest quarter ended July 30, up 88% from the first quarter and a whopping 101% from the same period in 2022.

The eye-popping figures boosted Huang’s fortune to $46.1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, positioning the 60-year-old Taiwanese businessman to end the year ranked within the world’s top 25 wealthiest people.

At the close of the trading day on Wednesday, Huang’s net worth had already surged over $3 billion to a total of $42 billion — up from the $38.8 billion he was worth at the start of this week, the index shows.

Most of Huang’s fortune is made up of his 3.5% stake in Nvidia.

Thus, when Nvidia’s second-quarter earnings sent its stock spiking as much as 10%, to $512.50 — an all-time high — after the market closed, the co-founder saw his wealth surge with it.

Huang established Nvidia in 1993 on his 30th birthday to bring three-dimensional graphics into the gaming and multimedia markets.

Nvidia’s chief executive Jensen Huang earned $4.2 billion overnight, bringing his fortune to $46.1 billion thanks to his software company’s earnings, which crushed Wall Street’s estimates by millions.
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The Taiwanese-born tech whiz — who moved to Kentucky at age 9 — reportedly conceptualized the chip giant alongside fellow engineers Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem at a Denny’s restaurant in San Jose, Calif., where he had worked part-time before getting his masters degree from Stanford University.

Year to date, Nvidia’s share price has ballooned nearly 230%.

Huang is reaping the benefits of his company’s success.

He reportedly lives in a $38 million, 9,000-square-foot mansion in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights — which boasts a rooftop deck, wine cellar, movie theater and gym — with his wife, Lori, who he met while getting his undergraduate degree at Oregon State University, and his two children, Spencer and Madison.

The California-based company’s chief financial officer, Colette Kress, said on an earnings call with investors that Nvidia “had an exceptional quarter,” noting that its $13.51 billion in revenue beat both Wall Street’s $12.6 billion estimate and the company’s own $11 billion prediction.

Kress, who also serves as Nvidia’s executive vice president, suggested that Nvidia won’t be slowing down, and told investors to expect $16 billion in revenue at the end of next quarter.

Analysts polled by Refinitiv on average were expecting $12.61 billion.

Adjusted revenue in the second quarter was $13.51 billion, compared with estimates of $11.22 billion.

Nvidia also posted record data center revenue of $10.32 billion — up 141% from the first quarter and a 171% increase from the year ago period.

The data center earnings also crushed analyst estimates of $7.69 billion by more than $2 billion, according to Refinitiv data.

Nvidia posted $13.51 billion in revenue for the second quarter, plus $10.32 billion in data center profits and $2.49 billion in gaming earnings.
Nvidia posted $13.51 billion in revenue for the second quarter, plus $10.32 billion in data center profits and $2.49 billion in gaming earnings.

Meanwhile, profits at Nvidia’s gaming segment rose to $2.49 billion.

Nvidia’s results were a “‘drop the mic’ moment in our opinion that will have a ripple impact for the tech space for the rest of the year,” said Daniel Ives, analyst at Wedbush Securities.

The company has been cashing in on the artificial intelligence boom with the creation of AI chips that can generate text for chatbots like ChatGPT, generate code and perform image, facial and speech recognition.

Nvidia’s AI chips are already used by providers like Amazon, Alibaba and Microsoft — companies that run some of the largest cloud-computing services out there.

“A new computing era has begun. Companies worldwide are transitioning from general-purpose to accelerated computing and generative AI,” Huang said.

Nvidia's stock surged as much as 10% in after-hours trading on Wednesday, pushing its share price to an all-time high.
Nvidia’s stock surged as much as 10% in after-hours trading on Wednesday, pushing its share price to an all-time high.
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Analysts have estimated that demand for Nvidia’s prized AI chips is exceeding supply by at least 50%, adding that the imbalance will stay in place for the next several quarters.

Thus, Nvidia is spending big to secure supply.

The company reported a 53% jump to $11.15 billion of inventory commitments from the previous quarter, largely because of the long-term supply needs for its data center chips.

When The Post reached out to Nvidia for comment, a spokesperson pointed to the company’s earnings call.

With Post wires

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