Meet Bill Austin – Founder Of Starkey Hearing FoundationHe is a Minnesotan. He is a billionaire, and he says he does not know or care who writes his checks. He is Bill Austin, owner of Starkey technologies. The only American hearing supplier is a major employer in the Twin Cities. The company operates out of Eden Prairie, as does the foundation -- which fits people around the world with free hearing aids. The foundation's star-studded fundraiser is Sunday, with Katy Perry headlining.