Richard “Rich” Barton is an American entrepreneur and the founder of multiple companies, including Zillow and Expedia, as well as a board member for numerous public companies, including Netflix.
Barton co-founded the internet real estate company, Zillow, in 2004, and he serves as its CEO and director. The company quickly gained popularity due to its Zestimate feature which offers users an estimated value for any property listed on the site. Zillow also offers a suite of complementary real estate sites such as Trulia, Naked Apartments, HotPads, and Streeteasy.
He previously served as president, CEO, and director at online travel company, Expedia, which he founded as a group within Microsoft in 1994 and then spun out on its own in 1999. Under his leadership, Expedia became one of the world’s most popular and successful travel booking websites.
Barton has also held the following roles: general manager at Microsoft, venture partner at Benchmark Capital Management Co., and non-executive chairman at Glassdoor, a job search engine and online career community that he co-founded in 2007 while on a hiatus from Zillow.
In 2003, Barton was named as one of MIT Technology Review’s “Top 10 Innovators Under 35,” and in April 2012, he was named one of Barack Obama's Presidential Ambassadors for Continental Entrepreneurship.
Barton is known for his “power to the people” business philosophy, as many of his companies provide valuable data and industry transparency. Zillow offers accessible real estate information, Glassdoor provides salary data and company ratings, and Expedia provides travel information.
He became a billionaire in February 2020 after reporting strong earnings at Zillow.
Barton grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut and earned his B.S. in engineering with a focus on industrial design from Stanford University in 1989. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife, Sarah and their three children.
Richard N. Barton has not been actively trading shares of Netflix during the last ninety days. Most recently, Richard N. Barton sold 4,907 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $550.00, for a transaction totalling $2,698,850.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 8,237 shares of the company's stock, valued at $4,530,350.