Unsurprisingly, With an estimated net worth of $79.6 billion, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, has been listed as the richest person in technology by Forbes list of the richest global tech billionaires.
He was followed by Larry Ellison, founder of database software firm Oracle, with an estimate net worth of $50 billion, came in second richest man in tech, on the Forbes list of the world’s 100 richest people in technology.
While the 3rd position was taken away this time by the leading e-commerce giant Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos with a net worth of $47.8 billion, more than 90 per cent of which lies in his 18 per cent stake in Amazon.
The 4th position was occupied by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who has a net worth of $41.2 billion. He is followed by Google founders Larry Page ($33.4 billion) and Sergey Brin ($32.8 billion). Alibaba founder Jack Ma ($23.2 billion) was number seven.
Also on the top 10 are ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at No. 8 ($22.7 billion); Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’ widow, at No. 9 ($21.4 billion); and still holding on at No. 10, PC mogul Michael Dell.
Altogether the world’s 100 richest tech billionaires are worth $842.9 billion), with the top 10 accounting for just over 40% of the amount ($343.5 billion).
For all of Asia’s economic muscle, it clearly can’t match the U.S, American billionaires have dominated the 100 Richest People In technology list. Just over half, or 51 people, are from the U.S. from Asia made a strong showing as well, with 33 people hailing from that region. Only 8 of the 100 are from Europe when it comes to creating technology fortunes.
The youngest member of the list is Snapchat co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel, who is 25 and worth an estimated $2.1 billion.
World’s Top 20 Richest Tech Billionaires, 2015:
|Name||Company||Est. net worth|
|1||Bill Gates||Microsoft||$79.6 billion|
|2||Larry Ellison||Oracle||$50 billion|
|3||Jeff Bezos||Amazon||$47.8 billion|
|4||Mark Zuckerberg||$41.2 billion|
|5||Larry Page||$33.4 billion|
|6||Sergey Brin||$32.8 billion|
|7||Jack Ma||Alibaba||$23.2 billion|
|8||Steve Ballmer||Microsoft||$22.7 billion|
|9||Laurene Powell Jobs||Apple||$21.4 billion|
|10||Michael Dell||Dell||$19.4 billion|
|11||Ma Huateng||Tencent||$17.9 billion|
|12||Paul Allen||Microsoft||$17.5 billion|
|13||Azim Premji||Wipro||$17.4 billion|
|14||Shiv Nadar||HCL Technologies||$14.4 billion|
|15||Elon Musk||Tesla Motors||$13.9 billion|
|16||Lei Jun||Xiaomi||$13.4 billion|
|17||Masayoshi Son||Softbank||$13.2 billion|
|18||Robin Li||Baidu||$12.5 billion|
|19||Lee Kun-Hee||Samsung||$10 billion|
|20||Eric Schmidt||$9.9 billion|