Forbes reveals 100 Richest People in Tech: Who tops the list?
Forbes released its first list of the 100 Richest Tech Billionaires from around the globe and many of the top rankings are fairly predictable. Not surprisingly, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the richest person in the world, was No. 1 with a $79.6-billion net worth. He was followed by Oracle founder Larry Ellison with $50 billion and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos with $47.8 billion. Rounding out the top 10: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at No. 4 ($41.2 billion); Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at 5 ($33.4 billion) and 6 ($32.8 billion), respectively; ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at No. 8; business executive Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’ widow, at No. 9 ($21.4 billion); and PC mogul Michael Dell at 10.
Altogether, the world’s 100 richest tech billionaires are worth $842.9 billion. The average age of the group is 53, which Forbes said is a decade younger than the average age of all billionaires; 15 of the 100 are under age 40. The youngest is Snapchat founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, who is 25 and worth an estimated $2.1 billion; the oldest is Intel cofounder Gordon Moore, who is 86 and worth an estimated $6 billion. Nearly all of the 100 are self-made billionaires: 94 made their own luck, 3 inherited their fortunes, and 3 have inherited fortunes but have been actively expanding them.