Original author of the Linux Kernel, implemented borrowing ideas from Andrew Tanenbaum's Minix (later completely rewritten with POSIX compatibility as the sole goal). Previously worked for Trans Meta, a company whose product is a VLIW microprocessor that (with the help of some clever JIT-like software) executes x86 code. Allegedly it's very fast and very low-power.
Currently works for the Open Source Development Lab.
There's a "Rampantly Unofficial Linus Torvalds FAQ" at www.catb.org .
See Linus On Design
Linus on C++: harmful.cat-v.org
"He drinks beer (especially Guinness). Occasionally he shoots pistols. He does not combine these two activities."
(from the "Rampantly Unofficial Linus Torvalds FAQ")
See original on c2.com