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Doug BurgumREPRepublican Governor
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NDResidence (state)

Douglas James Burgum (born August 1, 1956) is an American businessman and politician serving since 2016 as the 33rd governor of North Dakota. He is among the wealthiest governors in the U.S., with an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion. A member of the Republican Party, Burgum is a candidate in the 2024 United States presidential election.Burgum was born and raised in the small town of Arthur, North Dakota. After graduating from college in 1978, and getting an MBA in 1980, he mortgaged inherited farmland in 1983 to invest in Great Plains Software in Fargo. Becoming the company's president in 1984, he grew Great Plains into a successful large software company. Burgum sold the company to Microsoft for $1.1 billion in 2001. While working at Microsoft, he managed Microsoft Business Solutions. He has served as board chairman for Atlassian and SuccessFactors. Burgum is the founder of Kilbourne Group, a Fargo-based real-estate development firm, and also is the co-founder of Arthur Ventures, a software venture capital group. A lifelong resident of North Dakota, Burgum entered the Republican primary in the 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial election with no political experience.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Master of Business Administration
1978 - 1980
North Dakota State University
Stanford University
Master of Business Administration
Past Positions1 - 13 of 13
State of North Dakota
2016 - Current
Chair of the Board
2012 - 2016
Co Founder
Arthur Ventures
2008 - 2016
Executive Chair
Board of Directors, Intelligent Insites
2011 - 2016
Kilbourne Group
2007 - 2016
Board of Directors, Avalara
2014 - 2016
Board of Directors, The Arthur Companies
2003 - 2016
Board of Directors, Loyalty Builders
2010 - 2015
Board of Directors, Preventice Technologies
2012 - 2014
Board of Directors, Success Factors
2007 - 2012
Senior Vice President
2001 - 2007
Great Plains Software
1983 - 2001
McKinsey and Company
1980 - 1983
Other Experience1 - 3 of 3
Advisory Board, Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management
2012 - 2016
National Advisory Board, Positive Coaching Alliance
2010 - 2015
Small Business and Labor Advisory Council, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
1990 - 1992