If there8217;s one thing we know about tech CEOs, it8217;s that they tend to be rich. Okay, sure, there are probably countless tech businesses out there that either aren8217;t doing so well or don8217;t pay their top dogs extreme sums each year, but the exceptions prove the rule for the most part.
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The richest names in tech have some genuinely astonishing cash behind them, and we8217;d be lying if we didn8217;t find it a little astounding to find out just how much dosh those at the top are really sitting on.
If you want to get rich, starting the world8217;s most powerful online retailer is a pretty good way to do it. Jeff Bezos is sitting on $113 billion, which is a sum so impossible to compute that we honestly can8217;t think of anything it wouldn8217;t buy. That said, you can pretty much expect to get used to that sort of number as you peruse this list.
Amazon is basically impossible for many people to live without, meaning that there8217;s a heck of a lot of money getting spent on it, all of it contributing to Jeff8217;s coffers. That wealth has actually taken a bit of a hit in the last couple of years as a result of his divorce 8211; more on that later.
Bill Gates is the name that springs to mind for many of us when we think of the world8217;s richest people 8211; regardless of the exact details of that list at any given time. He8217;s been so rich, for so long, that he8217;s just synonymous with wealth. In actual fact, it tots up to $98 billion right now, which is a tidy, tidy wodge of money, even if it falls short of the $100 billion mark.
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There8217;s a pretty solid chance that Larry Ellison8217;s is the first name on this list with which you might not be particularly familiar. He8217;s most well-known for founding the Oracle Corporation, one of those companies that8217;s so big it8217;s hard to summarise what it encompasses.
Ah, yes 8211; the Zuck. We8217;d have placed him higher than fourth, if we were guessing, but fourth is where his Facebook billions land him, sitting pretty on the small matter of $54 billion. He8217;s a little less wealthy now than a year ago, but when you8217;ve got this much cash in the attic a little fluctuation is to be expected.
For a long time the CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has diversified his wealth and bought all sorts of things, including the LA Clippers, indulging a little bit as he moves away from active business. That hasn8217;t dented his wealth too much though 8211; it still stands at $52.7 billion, demonstrating the enduring nature of mountains of money.
He might not be Google8217;s CEO any more, but Larry Page hasn8217;t exactly lost out after his time with the search giant. His co-founder is next on this list, and it8217;s no surprise that founding Google would land you in this company, given the enduring dominance of the search engine and its various apps and services in the modern world. For Page, that8217;s added up to $50.9 billion.
Brin probably won8217;t be too fussed that he8217;s below Page in the wealth standings, given their long cooperation and partnership. He rings in with $49.1 billion of his own, having recently stepped back from being President of Alphabet Inc. Both he and Page retain massive sway over the company they shaped, though, with their status as internet trailblazers similarly assured.
To many Western readers, Alibaba is a name that doesn8217;t necessarily translate to retail dominance, but its online shopping empire is simply enormous, challenging Amazon8217;s status as the default online shop. Jack Ma co-founded it and has $38.8 billion to call on as a result.
Tencent8217;s online gaming empire in China is hard to overestimate, and Ma Huateng founded the business, as well as remaining its chairman and CEO to this day. He8217;s got $38.1 billion to show for it, alongside huge influence in how people use their mobile phones and consume entertainment.
Getting divorced from Jeff Bezos can be a real money-spinner 8211; it8217;s left Mackenzie Bezos with the small matter of $36 billion to play with, all derived from the same tech enterprises that got Jeff rich. She8217;s pledged to give huge swathes of it away, but for now she8217;s got the world as her oyster.
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You might not have realised that Dell computers were named for the business8217;s founder, but Michael Dell shouldn8217;t be overlooked 8211; he8217;s $22.9 billion to reflect on. The actual business might not be thriving at the moment, but when you8217;ve got that much moolah you8217;re unlikely to lose it all quickly.
NetEase is another gaming giant from China, with Ding at the helm, which has seen his wealth soar to $17 billion, and it8217;s climbing all the time. He could be a big name for the future of tech wealth.
Similarly up-and-coming is Huang, chairman and CEO of Pinduoduo, a growing e-commerce site in China that8217;s already catapulted him into the wealth stratosphere. He8217;s now got $16.5 billion behind him, and he8217;s not even 40.
When Steve Jobs passed away, Laurene Powell Jobs inherited a huge fortune, and she8217;s still got around $16.4 billion to call upon, even after founding the already influential Emerson Collective.
TikTok exploded onto the scene in the last year, becoming the next big thing in social video, and Yiming is reaping the rewards, with his personal wealth hitting $16.2 billion. That8217;s roughly $16 for every download of TikTok overall, if you were wondering.