Here are the billionaires who got super-rich through technology

Forbes has listed the world’s 100 richest people in technology – its first-ever ranking of individuals solely working in tech.

For its list, Forbes excluded individuals working in media and telecoms, focusing on people active in hardware, software, social media, online gambling, and high-tech manufacturing.

Together, the world’s 100 richest tech billionaires are worth $842.9 billion (R10.76 trillion), with the top 10 accounting for just over 40% of the amount ($343.5 billion).

The world’s richest man, Bill Gates, with an estimated net worth of $79.2 billion (R1.01 trillion), is unsurprisingly also the richest person in technology.

According to Forbes, even though Gates left Microsoft in 2014, he still sells shares in the software giant, which now accounts for 13% of his estimated fortune.

Bill gates
Bill gates

Another billionaire who’s no longer in charge of the company he founded is Oracle’s Larry Ellison, who with an estimate net worth of $54.3 billion, is the second richest man in tech.

Ellison left his position as CEO of Oracle in 2014, but remains chairman and CTO of the company.

Moving away from the long-time leaders of tech, the top executives also have strong showing from “new” tech leaders – particularly Internet companies.

This includes Amazon.com chief executive Jeff Bezos (3rd), Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg (4th) and Google’s leaders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin (5th and 6th, respectively).

20 richest people in tech

# Name Company Est. net worth
1 Bill Gates Microsoft  $79.2 billion
2 Larry Ellison Oracle  $54.3 billion
3 Jeff Bezos Amazon  $34.8 billion
4 Mark Zuckerberg Facebook  $33.4 billion
5 Larry Page Google  $29.7 billion
6 Sergey Brin Google  $29.2 billion
7 Jack Ma Alibaba  $22.7 billion
8 Steve Ballmer Microsoft  $21.5 billion
9 Laurene Powell Jobs Apple  $19.5 billion
10 Michael Dell Dell  $19.2 billion
11 Azim Premji Wipro  $19.1 billion
12 Paul Allen Microsoft  $17.5 billion
13 Pony Ma Tencent  $16.1 billion
14 Robin Li Baidu  $15.3 billion
15 Shiv Nadar HCL Technologies  $14.8 billion
16 Lei Jun Xiaomi  $13.2 billion
17 Hasso Plattner SAP  $9.1 billion
18 Eric Schmidt Google  $9.1 billion
19 Hiroshi Mikitani Rakuten  $8.7 billion
20 Klaus Tschira SAP  $8.6 billion

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