Palmer Luckey

30 | Inventor & Entrepreneur | USA

Palmer Luckey is a trailblazing entrepreneur who revolutionized the virtual reality (VR) industry with his groundbreaking invention, the Oculus Rift. He is the founder of Oculus VR (which he sold to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014) and Anduril Industries, a defense technology company developing autonomous drones and sensors for military applications.

Luckey started building his own VR headsets at the age of 16 after being dissatisfied with the existing products in the market. He created more than 50 prototypes in his parents’ garage, each one improving on the previous one in terms of field-of-view, latency, resolution, and cost.

In 2012, Luckey launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift, a VR headset that offered immersive and realistic experiences for gamers and enthusiasts. It attracted the attention of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who acquired Oculus VR in 2014, making Luckey one of the youngest billionaires in the world.

In 2017, Luckey left Facebook and founded Anduril Industries, a company using AI and advanced hardware to create a more secure and prosperous world. Anduril’s products include Lattice, a platform that connects sensors and drones to provide real-time situational awareness; Anvil, a drone that can intercept other drones; and Ghost 4, a stealthy and modular drone that can perform various missions.