During a conversation with comedian Trevor Noah on his podcast, titled ‘What Now? With Trevor Noah,’ Gates shared the 1997 incident.
Bill Gates, in the second episode of his podcast ‘Unconfuse Me with Bill Gates’, recently engaged in a fascinating dialogue with Sal Khan, the mastermind behind Khan Academy. Their discussion has sparked a buzz on social media, particularly due to Bill Gates’ lighthearted query about any confusion between Sal Khan and Bollywood actor Salman Khan. To shed light on Sal Khan’s background, let’s delve into who he is.
Salman “Sal” Amin Khan stands as an American educator who established Khan Academy, a non-profit online educational platform that offers free resources. This platform boasts an impressive collection of over 6,500 video lessons covering a diverse range of academic subjects, originally emphasizing mathematics and science.
Khan’s journey began when he started tutoring his cousin, Nadia, in mathematics via the internet using Yahoo!’s Doodle notepad back in 2004. As more friends and family sought his guidance, he transitioned to YouTube, launching his channel on November 16, 2006.
At the core of Khan’s pedagogical philosophy is the belief that students thrive when they can autonomously and gradually acquire knowledge according to their pace and preferences.
Sal Khan’s family:
Hailing from Metairie, Louisiana, Khan was born into a Bengali Muslim family. His father, Fakhrul Amin Khan, was a physician with roots in Rahmatpur village, Babuganj Upazila, Bangladesh. Khan’s mother, Masuda Khan, originated from Murshidabad in West Bengal, India.
Their lineage traces back to Rahmat Khan, a 16th-century Pashtun leader who met his end in a battle against Kandarpanarayan Rai, the former Raja of Chandradwip.
Khan’s family history also traces to his grandfather, Abdul Wahab Khan, a prominent Pakistani politician who served as the second official Speaker of the National Assembly.
Currently residing in Mountain View, California, Khan married Umaima Marvi, a Pakistani physician, and they share their lives with their children.
Sal Khan before Khan academy:
Before creating Khan Academy, Khan spent a summer as an intern at PARC in 2002. From 2003 to late 2009, he worked as a hedge fund analyst at Connective Capital Management.
Sal Khan’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. In 2016, he was honored with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, presented by the President of India.
His achievements also extend to academia, as he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University in May 2021.