Just when you thought your annual salary revision went well, Forbes has come out with its list of the world’s wealthiest people. Of these, the tech industry has to be attributed for providing us enviable net worth. These super rich individuals are behind some of the biggest tech brands we use everyday, including Microsoft, Facebook and Google. Here are the top-ten richest tech barons in the world.
1. Bill Gates (Microsoft)
The Microsoft co-founder continues to top the chart this year as well. At 61, the tech baron boasts a net worth of $78 billion. A significant chunk of Gates’ billions is spent into philanthropic efforts focused on global health, education, and humanitarian causes.
2. Jeff Bezos (Amazon)
For about seven hours, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bagged the limelight for being the world’s richest man, with a net worth of $90.9 billion. However, the bubble burst as soon as Amazon stocks fell following its below par Q2 performance. This brought Bezos’ net worth down to $66.2 billion, which still makes him the world’s second-richest man. Stocks crashing were never this profiting. ALSO READ: Jeff Bezos no longer world’s richest man as Amazon Q2 profits decline
3. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
One of the youngest tech barons to make it to the top list, Mark Zuckerberg has a net worth of $54 billion. As CEO of the world’s most popular social networking site Facebook, Zuckerberg is constantly tweaking users’ experience on the website to boost ad revenue (and his fortune!). ALSO READ: Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk engage in war of words over artificial intelligence
4. Larry Ellison (Oracle)
At number four, Larry Ellison co-founder of Oracle has a net worth of $51.7 billion. He is also one of the oldest tech-barons to feature in Forbes’ list. Considered one of the most interesting tech personalities, Ellison is known for his expensive hobbies, including yatch racing, and buying whole Hawaiian islands.
5. Larry Page (Google)
Co-founder of world’s biggest search engine, Larry Page has a net worth of $39 billion. Aged 44, he is currently the chief executive officer of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc, which is working on revolutionary projects including self-driving cars. ALSO READ: Woman spots dead mother outside her house on Google Earth
6. Sergey Brin (Google)
At number six in the tech world, Sergey Brin has a net worth of $38.2 billion. He is currently the president of Google’s parent company Alphabet. Previously, he ran the secretive Google X division, which made the Google Glasses.
7. Steve Ballmer (Microsoft)
Another Microsoft executive to make it to the list, Steve Ballmer served as the CEO of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014. He joined Microsoft as employee number 30 in 1980, and today boasts a net worth of $27.7 billion. And yes, he is also a college dropout. ALSO READ: Microsoft Kaizala smartphone app for large group communications launched in India
8. Jack Ma (Alibaba)
Founder and executive chairman of China’s biggest e-commerce website Alibaba, Jack Ma features in the top-ten list at number eight with a net worth of $25.8 billion. His company created news for its record breaking IPO in New York in 2014. ALSO READ: Alibaba launches Tmall Genie smart home speaker, takes on Amazon Echo, Google Home
9. Ma Huateng (Tencent)
The only other Chinese tech baron to feature in the list of top-ten billionaires, Ma Huateng has a net worth of $22 billion. One of Tencent’s popular services is WeChat — the WhatsApp alternative in China both in terms of scale and user base. Huateng is also known for his philanthropic efforts.
10. Michael Dell (Dell)
At number 10, Michael Dell has a net worth of $20 billion as the chairman and CEO of the one of the world’s most popular computer brand. Known for fighting off legendary investor Carl Icahn who tried to buy out the company nearly four years ago, Dell took his company private and made it bigger than ever.