Sam Altman attended John Burroughs School, a prestigious private institution. He was a topper in his class and excelled academically. He grew up as the oldest of four siblings in a middle class jewish family. He is a vegetarian.
He co-founded a social media platform called Loopt. After selling the company, he joined Y Combinator in 2011 and became its president three years later. He also briefly served as the CEO of Redditt. It was in 2015 when he co-founded OpenAI
Altman is a gay man from the age of 14 and a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ rights. Sam Altman live with his partner, Oliver Mulherin, an Australian software engineer
Altman is a fan of racing cars and flying planes. He has a pilot's license and has raced cars in various competitions. He has also said that he dreams of starting his own airline someday.