One of the founders of Adobe, Charles Geschke, died recently, at 81. He is the guy that brought PDF into our lives. You can read more about his life in this Verge article.
But what I found it interesting was that he was kidnapped at some point in his life for 4 days, by some people asking for a ransom. I mean, I never thought a tech executive life would be so exciting (with the exception of John McAfee, of course). Truth is I’m surprised we don’t hear about more new like this, seeing how much wealth is focused in the Bay Area.
A computer software executive kidnapped at gunpoint four days ago was freed Saturday when a suspect caught with $650,000 in ransom money led authorities to a bungalow hideout, the FBI said.
Charles Geschke, 52, president and chief operating officer of Adobe Systems Inc., had been in the house in Hollister, 60 miles south of San Jose, since he was seized by two men as he arrived for work Tuesday, FBI agents said.
″The two men called him to their car to ask him a question, then at gunpoint took him away and secreted him,″ said FBI agent Richard Held. Geschke was abducted at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, about 10 miles northwest of San Jose.
From here: Computer Company Executive Rescued By FBI.