Gil Shwed (Hebrew: גיל שוויד, fl. c. 2000) is an Israeli programmer and entrepreneur. He is the founder, CEO and chairman of board of Checkpoint Software Technologies Ltd.
Shwed is one of Israel's most famous tech entrepreneurs.
In 1993, Shwed invented and patented Stateful Inspection, now a de facto standard technology. After serving in the army he used his experience in the Israel Defense Forces to write the first version of FireWall-1, the company's software solution that became the world's first commercially available firewall product in 1994. He wrote it with his 2 co-founders.
Checkpoint is currently the world leader in securing the internet.
Shwed received in June of 2004 an honorary Doctor of science from the Techniun, Israel institute of technology.
He is one of the richest people in Israel and his fortune is estimated in a several hundreds million dollars.