The tech boom has created a new class of mega-wealthy billionaires. This inspires many people to grab a piece of the pie for themselves. But be prepared to work hard to achieve the level of success these powerful people have attained.
Below is a list of the most successful tech geniuses in the world. They put in a lot of hours, and not a single one of them was an overnight success. The majority came from normal, middle-class backgrounds. While we all have the possibility of recreating their successes, remember most people do not have the drive and determination to succeed on such a stellar level.
This former English teacher is the wealthiest man in China. His dream in 1999 was to launch an e-commerce website for the Asian market. At the time, there was a dearth of online marketplaces, and he saw an opening. Along with some friends, he launched what has become the Amazon of Asia, known as Alibaba. Jack Ma has built up his portfolio of properties to include online banking and standalone storefronts, and his net worth is over $48 billion.
If you follow tech, you definitely know this name. Sergey Brin is a co-founder of Google, which currently trades as Alphabet. Google started off as a search engine but has grown to include much more. This includes cloud computing, hardware and software development, and online advertising. In 2019 he stepped down from his leadership position at Alphabet and is the seventh richest man in the world. His estimated worth is $67 billion.
The other co-founder of Google, Larry Page, isn’t doing too badly himself. He met Sergey Brin while attending grad school at Stanford. The two hit it off and wrote a research paper together that outlined the creation of a search engine. Little did they know, it would become the most popular search engine in the world. Larry Page left the day-to-day operations of Google in 2019 at the same time Sergey Brin did. Both now focus on philanthropy. His current net worth is an estimated $69 billion.
The ultimate billionaire Powerball winner is the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. Amazon started off as an online bookseller in his parent’s garage. Now it is the most successful e-commerce site in the world. Amazon controls a healthy share of the cloud computing market. It has become a leader in content streaming, artificial intelligence, and employs more people than any other privately owned corporation in the United States. Bezos became the first many in history to be worth more than $100 billion and is now worth more than $150 billion.
The founder of Facebook is a polarizing figure who is worth almost $100 billion. The initial idea for the social media site began in Zuckerburg’s dorm room at Harvard during his freshman year. It was a success across the campus. He dropped out of college in his sophomore year to pursue his dream of creating the largest social media site in the world. While many of our tech billionaires have changed how we live through computers, Zuckerburg has a unique place in this list. The Facebook founder has changed how people communicate with each other.
In 1975, Microsoft was born. Bill Gates and his business partner Paul Allen are considered the pioneers of home computers and software development. He has been ranked as one of the richest men in the world since 1987. In recent years he stepped down from day-to-day operations at Microsoft. His current focus is on the foundation he created with his wife. The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation is thought to be the world’s largest charity. Bill Gates’s net worth is second only to Jeff Bezos, at an estimated $113 billion.