Now the era is of science and modern technology, or more specifically IT. No doubt many have a good income but some clearly have earned much more than others. There are numerous people who work in particularly tech field in most of every town but among them only few are the richest. Do you know the leaders of Technology in your town? Have you ever thought that who are the richest leaders of technology? Read ahead to find out the richest tech people in the world since the technology industry is tormented with billionaires.
There are no term limits and no minimum age necessity to enter in the tech industry. Some of the richest, tech commanders in chief have their own kind of power. Leaders have some unique skills that are not included in all. It’s very tough to become richest leaders as it requires facing many hardships and struggles in life at some or the other point to reach at the peak.
Technology’s Richest Leaders in the world
10. Pierre Omidyar - the auction site eBay
Net worth: $5.5 Billion
Pierre Morad Omidyar is the founder and chairman of the eBay auction site and he is recognized as one of the richest person of Iranian descent. The site was launched on Labor Day, September 4, 1995, as "Auction Web," later renamed "eBay". In order to enlarge their efforts beyond non-profits to include for-profits and public policy, Omidyar and his wife Pam founded Omidyar Network in 2004. Initially, the service was free but started charging to cover internet service provider costs.
9. Steve Jobs - Apple
Net worth: $6.1 Billion
Steven Paul Jobs is the co-founder and CEO of Apple and previously Pixar, which sold to Disney in 2006. The Apple II series was one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers in the late 1970s by Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula and others, designed, developed, and marketed. Fortune Magazine ranked him as the most powerful person in business in 2007 and the same magazine named him CEO of the decade in 2009.
8. James Goodnight - SAS Institute
Net worth: $6.9 Billion
James "Jim" Goodnight is the CEO of the world's major business analytics software vendor SAS, founded in 1976 by Goodnight and North Carolina State University colleagues to examine agricultural-research data. Goodnight has overseen a continuous chain of revenue development – a feat nearly unheard of in the software industry since the company's incorporation. He was named by Harvard Business School in 2004 as one of the "20th Century’s Great American Business Leaders”. He speaks internationally on leadership, education and modernism and even active in developing products for the company he runs.
7. Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook
Net worth: $12.5 Billion
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is the CEO and president of eminent social networking site, Facebook. He is now just of 26 years old and he launched the website in February 2004 with his classmates while they were students at Harvard University. He was named as the Person of the Year by Time magazine in 2010. Facebook has over 600 million active users as of January 2011. Originally the website's membership was limited by the founders to Harvard students, although was extended to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. At different other universities, it progressively added support for students before opening to high school students, and to anyone aged 13 or above.
6. Jeff Bezos - Amazon.com
Net worth: $12.6 Billion
Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos is the founder, chairman, president and CEO of Amazon.com which he founded in 1994. He is well-known for his attention to business process details so his work with Amazon ultimately led him to become one of the most famous dot-com entrepreneurs and a billionaire. Also, he founded a human spaceflight startup company in 2004 known as Blue Origin. In 1999, he was named Time magazine's Person of the Year and in 2008 chosen as one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.
5. Steve Ballmer - Microsoft
Net worth: $13.1 Billion
Steven Anthony "Steve" Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980 as employee number 30 and became first business manager hired by Bill Gates. He is the current CEO of Microsoft Corporation since January 2000. He earned a total compensation of $1,276,627 that consists of a base salary of $665,833, a cash bonus of $600,000, no stock or options, and other compensation of $10,794 as CEO of Microsoft in 2009. He focuses on enduring Microsoft’s modernism and leadership across the company’s several businesses mutually with the company’s other business and technical leaders.
4. Michael Dell - Dell
Net worth: $14 Billion
Michael Saul Dell is the founder and CEO of Dell, the company which he established in 1984 with $1,000 and a unique idea to assemble relationships directly with customers. At the age of just 15, he broke down a brand new Apple II computer and reconstructed it, just to observe if he could. He is also the author of the book Direct from Dell: Strategies That Revolutionized an Industry, in which he wrote about his early life, his company's origin, expansion and missteps, and even lessons learned.
3. Larry Page & Sergey Brin - Google
Net worth: $15 Billion each
Lawrence "Larry" Page (American) and Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian) are the co-founder of the world’s biggest Internet company Google, Inc. Both were schoolmates at Stanford University at which they worked on the search technology that would become Google. They initially began in a rented garage after departing their PhD studies in computer science. Both are also the executive producers of the 2007 movie Broken Arrows. From April 4, 2011, Larry Page will be in charge of Google's daily operations as the Chief Executive Officer as revealed on January 21, 2011 in a blog post. Sergey Brin is referred as an "Enlightenment Man" as per the Economist magazine.
2. Larry Ellison - Oracle
Net worth: $27 Billion
Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison is the co-founder and CEO of a chief enterprise software company Oracle Corporation, established in 1977. He was the richest man in the world for a short time in 2000. Ellison was ranked by Forbes as the richest Californian in 2006 while Oracle's Board awarded Ellison another 7 million stock options for the fourth year in a row on July 2, 2009. He is one of the richest Americans who listed on the Forbes list of billionaires as the 6th richest person in the world on March 10, 2010.
1. Bill Gates - Microsoft, U.S.
Net worth: $54 Billion (as of 2010)
Bill Gates is the wealthiest in technology as well as wealthiest person in the world overall from 1995 to 2009, except 2008 in which he was ranked third. The full name of Bill Gates is William Henry "Bill" Gates III, who is the chairman of famous software company Microsoft. He is also American business magnate, philanthropist, and author of several books. He held the positions of CEO and chief software architect all through his career at Microsoft and even remains the leading individual shareholder with above 8 percent of the common stock. Drastically, he has cut back his role in Microsoft in the later stages of his career and focuses on donating huge amounts of money to different charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations that he founded in 2000 with the objective to progress healthcare and to decrease acute poverty in the world.
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