Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has joined an elite list of tech executives heading trillion-dollar companies, Reuters reports.

When the coronavirus pandemic forced Invidia to launch a flagship product by default, Huang posted a video promoting the event from his kitchen where he took the company's latest chip out of his oven.

"I have something to show you," Huang said while searching for a bowl holder, adding that "this has been cooking for a while," before lifting a baking sheet-sized circuit board from the oven to show "the largest graphics card in the world."

From gaming to artificial intelligence

This parade turned the Taiwanese migrant, who usually wears a black jacket (used while riding motorcycles) when launching products, into one of the best-known names in computing.

Huang is one of the few CEOs whose names are linked to their company names, such as the late Apple chairman Steve Jobs, and Huang even has a tattoo inspired by the "Nvidia" logo on his arm.

InVidia's chips have been at the heart of the tech industry, from video games to self-driving cars, to cloud computing, and now artificial intelligence.

Since the launch of OpenAI's ChatGPT program in November 2022, the value of Nvidia has risen from about $420 billion to $<> trillion.

The beginnings of an immigrant from Taiwan

Born in Taiwan, Huang moved to the United States as a child, earning engineering degrees from Oregon State University and Stanford University.

Huang is popular in Taiwan, which is in the semiconductor industry, and was greeted with great welcome when he visited Taipei this week for an economic event where he delivered a keynote speech on Monday attended by thousands of people, some of whom surrounded him for selfies.

In 1993, at the age of 30, Huang founded Nvidia alongside Curtis Prime and Chris Malakowski, and received support from Sequoia Capital and other Silicon Valley companies.

His first major successes were specialized chips for running high-intensity motion graphics for computer games called GPUs.

Jensen Huang founded Invidia in 1993 (Shutterstock)

"Computer graphics is one of the most complex parts of computer science," Huang told the audience in Silicon Valley in 2021, upon receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

By the mid-21s, Huang and his team realized that Nvidia chips could be used to solve general computing problems, and launched a software platform called CUDA to allow software developers of all programming trends to program Nvidia chips.

He then began with a wave of new uses for these chips, including cryptocurrencies. But Huang realized that labs at universities were using his chips to work on artificial intelligence, a promising discipline that will be influential in many areas of technology ranging from virtual assistants to self-driving cars.

Nvidia has also been distinguished by its innovative way of outsourcing silicon manufacturing to other partners, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, bucking the model of its competitor Intel.

In 2021, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.