Have you ever wondered what makes tech giants so successful? These billionaires are not only major tech moneymakers; they’re also some of the richest people in the world. It’s safe to say that technology provides opportunities and growth for individuals who strive for innovation. Without these creators, we wouldn’t have seen technological development as great as ours today.
Here’s a rundown of the richest innovators in the world:
6. Sergey Brin
Brin was an immigrant from Moscow as a child and attended Stanford for his Ph.D. Along with Larry Page, Brin was one-half of the duo behind the massive restructuring of Google, which they announced in 2015. The two now own Alphabet, a holding company, with Brin as the president and Page as the CEO. He has a net worth of $41.6 billion after having increased by $4.1 billion this year.
5. Larry Page
With a net worth of $42.5 billion at only age 43, Page is a self-made genius. He collaborated with his classmate and tech giant Sergey Brin to create BackRub, a search engine. We all know this project now as Google or Alphabet, one of the biggest and farthest-reaching companies in the industry. Page owns an eco-friendly mansion in Palo Alto and advocates alternative energy.
4. Larry Ellison
Oracle Corp., a programming firm that built a relational database management system for the CIA, is the brainchild of Larry Ellison together with two of his previous colleagues. Ellison is 72 years old and is worth $45.3 billion even after stepping down as CTO and CEO of Oracle. Despite his massive wealth, he makes sure to share half his fortune to the Giving Pledge, a project by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
3. Mark Zuckerberg
The youngest and perhaps the most famous one in this list, Mark Zuckerberg is the 32-year-old tech extraordinaire behind Facebook. Today, the social media platform has over a billion users daily with a worth of $400 billion. Zuckerberg has a net worth of $58.5 billion with a pledge of 99% to the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative charity. Together with his wife, he bestowed huge amounts to Ebola treatments and a New Jersey public-school system.
2. Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com in the garage of his Seattle home in 1994, operating it initially as an online book retailer. In 2016, Amazon generated a total of $136 billion in revenue, pulling Bezos up the ranks. He now owns Blue Origin, a space company, and The Washington Post, a newspaper which he bought in 2013.
1. Bill Gates
Still at the top of the list is Bill Gates. Together with Paul Allen, Gates founded Microsoft at the age of 20 before serving as its CEO until 2000. He was also its chairman and largest shareholder until the year 2014. Today, Gates is no longer involved with the company, but this hasn’t affected his $85.2 billion net worth.
These self-made billionaires weren’t born into wealth. They are living examples of how hard work can transpire into success compromising neither humility nor integrity.