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Wealth Rankings: These Are The Top 25 Richest Billionaires In Technology, 2016

Bill Gates

With a $78 billion estimated fortune, Bill Gates retained his long-standing title as the world’s richest tech billionaire, the latest global wealth rankings compiled by Forbes reveals, followed by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos Jeff Bezos.

Amazon boss is closely followed by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, worth an estimated $54 billion, took 3rd place, while Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison fell two spots to fourth.

Here’s a list of the top 25 richest tech billionaires in 2016:

The combined wealth of the 100 richest tech billionaires — a whopping $892 billion.

1. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, $78 billion
2. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, $66.2 billion

3. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, $54 billion
4. Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, $51.7 billion

5. Alphabet CEO Larry Page, $39 billion
6. Alphabet president Sergey Brin, $38.2 billion

7. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, $27.7 billion
8. Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma, $25.8 billion

9. Tencent CEO Ma Huateng, $22 billion
10. Dell CEO Michael Dell, $20 billion

11. Paul Allen, $18.5 billion
12. Masayoshi Son, $17 billion

13. Azim Premji, $16.1 billion
14. Lee Kun-Hee, $13.6 billion

15. Elon Musk, $12.7 billion
16. Robin Li, $12 billion

17. William Ding, $11.7 billion
17. Shiv Nadar, $11.7 billion

19. Eric Schmidt, $11.3 billion
20. Dustin Moskovitz, $10.8 billion

21. Hasso Plattner, $10.8 billion
22. Lei Jun, $9.8 billion

23. Jan Koum, $8.8 billion
24. James Goodnight, $8.7 billion
25. Dietmar Hopp, $8.7 billion

Here’s a list of the 15 countries with the most tech billionaires in 2016:

In fact, 51 of the 100 richest tech billionaires on the list are from the United States. China has the 2nd highest number of techies on the list, with 19 people worth a combined $132.7 billion.

1. United States
Number of tech billionaire: 51

2. China
Number of tech billionaire: 19

3. Canada
Number of tech billionaire: 5

4. Germany
Number of tech billionaire: 4

5. South Korea
Number of tech billionaire: 3

6. Japan
Number of tech billionaire: 3

7. Hong Kong
Number of tech billionaire: 3

8. India
Number of tech billionaire: 2

9. Israel
Number of tech billionaire: 2

10. Taiwan
Number of tech billionaire: 2

11. Australia
Number of tech billionaire: 2

12. UK
Number of tech billionaire: 1

13. Singapore
Number of tech billionaire: 1

14. Russia
Number of tech billionaire: 1

15. Brazil
Number of tech billionaire: 1

Here’s a list of the 14 Tech Billionaires Under 40:

1. Dustin Moskovitz – age 32, $10.8 billion net worth

2. Mark Zuckerberg – age 32, $54.0 billion net worth

3. Nathan Blecharczyk – age 33, $3.3 billion net worth

4. Eduardo Saverin – age 34, $7.4 billion net worth

5. Brian Chesky – age 34, $3.3 billion net worth

6. Joe Gebbia – age 34, $3.3 billion net worth

7. Frank Wang – age 35, $3.6 billion net worth

8. Sean Parker – age 36, $2.4 billion net worth

9. Scott Farquhar – age 36, $2.2 billion net worth

10.  Mike Cannon-Brookes – age 36, $2.2 billion net worth

11.  Adam Neumann– age 37, $2.4 billion net worth

12.  Garrett Camp – age 37, $6.3 billion net worth

13.  Robert Pera – age 38, $3.0 billion net worth

14.  Zhou Yahui & family – age 39, $2.2 billion net worth

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