Almost a quarter of the 50 richest people in the world today, made their huge fortunes establishing and building the largest tech companies in the world. The tech scene is dominated by American billionaires. However, emerging economies in India and China are starting to produce super-wealthy tech moguls. Here are the 7 richest tech people in the world.
With an estimated net worth of $78 billion, he is currently the richest man, not only in the world of tech, but the whole world. Bill Gates is a self-made billionaire, who co-founded Microsoft at the age of 20 with his friend Paul Allen. Although he still sits on the board of Microsoft, he is no longer actively involved. Bill Gates is also a philanthropic man, and currently chairs one of the most powerful charities globally, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
His huge fortune is mainly attributed to his introduction of e-commerce to the world. After a short stint in Finance, Jeff founded Amazon.com. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the largest online marketplaces in the world today. He also has other interests beyond Amazon, including the Washington Post and the Blue Origin Company. As of August 2016, he was ranked the third richest man in the world. His estimated net worth is $66.2 billion.
With a current estimate of $54 billion, Mark started Facebook when he was just 19. Facebook has now grown to become one of the best social networking sites in the world today. At only 31, he is the youngest among the 50 richest people globally. Facebook attracts more than a billion users each day, with an estimated worth of approximately $275 billion. Together with his wife, Mark Zuckerberg has spearheaded various humanitarian efforts.
The world renowned environmental conservationist managed to build his fortune through Oracle, which he founded with two colleagues. The company has now grown to become the second largest software maker in the world, behind Microsoft. Despite stepping down as the CEO of Oracle Corp, he is still actively involved in running the firm. His current net worth is estimated at $51.7 billion.
Sitting at the helm of Alphabet, Larry Page has an estimated net worth of $39 billion. Alphabet is Google’s parent company, together with Nest, and the healthcare division Calico. In 2015, Alphabet’s stocks hit unprecedented levels, to a point of overtaking Apple as one of the most valuable companies in the world. Alphabet continues to grow and recently posted very strong quarterly earnings in February 2016.
The son of two distinguished scholars, Sergey immigrated to the US from Russia, when he was just 6 years old. Together with Larry Page, Brin facilitated the massive restructuring at Google. Google was then placed under a new company known as Alphabet. Sergey Brin is currently the president of Alphabet while Page is the CEO. His estimated net worth is in the range of $38.2 billion.
Ballmer is a former Microsoft CEO and has currently shifted his attention to the Los Angeles Clippers. He acquired this basketball team in 2014, for a then record of $2 billion. He recently purchased a 4% stake in Twitter. He has mainly grown his fortunes through shrewd investments in stock markets. His net worth is currently approximated at $27.7 billion.
The list of wealthiest men in tech changes every often, more so every year. All the same, the men who have appeared in this list are people who had to endure quite a number of challenges. But despite those challenges, they still soldiered on. Overall, these people have a lot to teach us on wealth creation and other values such as giving back to the society.