OpenAI was founded in 2015 by Twitter owner Elon Musk, Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, Wojciech Zaremba, and Sam Altman.
Musk stepped down from the board in February 2018 to avoid any potential future conflict with Telsa, his main priority at the time, although he still remains a donor to the company. This is confirmed in a statement released by OpenAI.
Sam Altman remains the company’s current CEO.
Altman is an American programmer and entrepreneur. He is the former president of Y Combinator, a successful technology startup accelerator that has been used to launch thousands of companies like Airbnb and Dropbox.