Everyone's kind of interested in the richest people in the world. How billionaires exist when you try to make the end of the month with only 20 dollars in your pocket? Evidently, this question is stuck in your mind at 3 am in the morning when you're trying to sleep.
But of course, the richest people in the world probably isn't the only topic that you're interested in if you're not such a materialistic person... For sure you have different interests, and maybe technology is one of them. If you're a big tech fan -but seriously, who isn't nowadays?- maybe you wonder who's the current winner of this competition amongst Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and all of the other famous people in the tech industry.
So, here are the 12 richest people in the technology as of December 2019.
1. Jeff Bezos
For sure you know who Jeff Bezos is, the king of Amazon, not the forest one though. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at Princeton University and graduated in 1986. After graduating, he was offered jobs at Intel, Bell Labs, and Andersen Consulting and so on. He started to work in D. E. Shaw in 1990. He decided to establish an online bookstore in late 1993 and founded Amazon in his garage on July 5, 1994. His net worth, as of December 2019, is 110 billion dollars.
2. Bill Gates
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, is one of the people who has a big impact on our lives. He dropped out of Harvard University while he was studying pre-law, and taking mathematics and graduate-level computer science courses. On April 4, 1975, Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. As of December 2019, Gates' net worth is 109 billion dollars, and there's a big competition between him and Bezos to take the first place on the richest people of the world list.
3. Mark Zuckerberg
It's not surprising that Zuckerberg hit this high on the list of rich-tech people. When he was studying at Harvard University, he launched Facebook from his dormitory room in 2004. At first, Facebook only aimed to allow Harvard students to connect with other students at the school. Then it rapidly became the way it is today, and it's still the most popular social media website out there. The net worth of Mark Zuckerberg as of December 2019 is 75.9 billion dollars.
4. Larry Page
Larry Page is one of the co-founders of Google and Alphabet along with Sergey Brin. They created Google 21 years ago as a school project when they were doing their PhDs at Stanford University. Little did they know that Google would become the most famous search engine in the world. He was also the CEO of Alphabet, which is the parent company of Google, until December 3, 2019. His net worth as of December 2019 is 62.7 billion dollars.
5. Sergey Brin
Sergey Brin is the person with whom Larry Page co-founded Google. Also until December 3, 2019, he was the President of Alphabet. His net worth is 60.9 billion dollars as of December 2019.
6. Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison is the co-founder, executive chairman, and chief technology officer of Oracle Corporation, which is a computer technology corporation. He first studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, dropped out of after his second year and later he attended the University of Chicago for one term and he encountered computer design for the first time. He then co-founded Oracle Corporation in 1977. As of December 2019, his net worth is 59.7 billion dollars.
7. Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer studied at Harvard University around the same time as Bill Gates, which made the two acquaintances. On June 11, 1980, he became the 30th employee of Microsoft and then left his MBA program at Stanford Univesity. He was the chief executive officer of Microsoft from January 13, 2000, to February 4, 2004. As of December 2019, his net worth is 55.1 billion dollars.
8. Jack Ma
Jack Ma is the co-founder and the former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, which is a multinational technology conglomerate. Ma attended the Hangzhou Teacher's Institute (currently known as Hangzhou Normal University) and graduated with a B.A. in English. He applied for 30 different jobs and he got rejected by all of them, KFC was one of the firms which rejected Ma. He founded Alibaba in April 1999. As of December 2019, his net worth is 44.1 billion dollars.
9. MacKenzie Bezos
MacKenzie Bezos is the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos. The couple together owned 78.8 million shares which equal around 16% of the company. After the divorce of the couple, MacKenzie Bezos now has 19.7 million shares, which worth 37 billion dollars and a 4% stake in Amazon. Her net worth is 35.6 billion dollars as of December 2019.
10. Pony Ma
Pony Ma is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Tencent, which is one of the biggest internet and technology companies in the world. He studied Computer Science at Shenzhen University and graduated in 1993. In 1998, with his four classmates, he co-founded Tencent. His net worth as of December 2019 is 34.2 billion dollars.
11. Michael Dell
Michael S. Dell is the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies. While he was a pre-med student at the Univesity of Texas, he started an informal business about personal computers such as selling upgrade kits, and he was doing this in Room 2713 of the Dobie Center residential building. In 1984, he founded Dell, a multinational computer technology company. As of December 2019, his net worth is 29.0 billion dollars.
12. Elon Musk
Last but not least; Elon Musk. Elon Musk is indeed the person everyone's talking about the most nowadays. His ideas and technologies he creates are way developed that we could have imagined in the past, and every day he surprises us more and more. He studied economics and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1995, he launched his first company Zip2. He founded two of his biggest companies SpaceX in 2002 and Tesla in 2003. As of December 2019, his net worth is 26.6 billion dollars.