Forbes Released The World’s 100 Richest Tech Billionaires

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Published on August 28th, 2017

The old adage that the rich just keep getting richer is certainly true for the world’s wealthiest tech billionaires this year. In the race to be the world’s richest tech billionaire, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg are closing in on frontrunner Bill Gates as their fortunes increase by $15billion each.It comes as no surprise that Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, still holds the top spot with his fortune amassing $84.5billion, marking the Harvard dropout’s 18th time as the world’s richest billionaire.

Bill Gates remains the richest tech billionaire in the world, fighting off competition from Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, who was briefly the world’s wealthiest person following a surge in the online retailer’s share price in July.

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Mr Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, the US tech company, is worth $84.5bn, slightly ahead of Mr Bezos with $81.7bn, according to the 2017 Forbes 100 Richest in Tech list. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, is third with $69.6bn – almost $16bn richer than a year ago.

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The total worth of the world’s 100 richest tech billionaires has surpassed $1tn for the first time, according to Forbes, a rise of 21 per cent in the space of just 12 months.

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Asian billionaires continue to rise up the ranks. Ma Huateng – also known as Pony Ma – chief executive of Tencent, the Chinese social media group, is the third largest riser, aside from Mr Zuckerberg and Mr Bezos, with a gain of $14.7bn over the past year.

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Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, the Chinese online retailer, is named as Asia’s richest tech billionaire with an estimated £37.4bn fortune, a rise of $11.6bn since last year. Of the top 100 richest, 50 are US citizens, including eight of the top 10 most wealthy. Thirty-three are from Asia, with half living in China or Hong Kong. Conversely, Lei Jun, founder of Xiaomi, the smartphone manufacturer, was the list’s biggest dollar loser, seeing $2.9bn shaved off his net worth

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According To The 2017 Forbes Top 100 Richest People In Tech :

1. Bill Gates : Cofounder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates


2. Jeff Bezos : CEO and Founder,

Jeff Bezos


3. Mark Zuckerberg : Cofounder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg


4. Larry Ellison : CEO and Founder, Oracle

Larry Ellison


5. Larry Page : CEO, Alphabet

Larry Page


6. Sergey Brin : President, Alphabet

Sergey Brin


7. Jack Ma : Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

Jack Ma


8. Ma Huateng : Chairman and CEO, Tencent Holdings

Ma Huateng


9. Steve Ballmer : CEO, Microsoft

Steve Ballmer


10. Michael Dell : Chairman and CEO, Dell

Michael Dell


11. Masayoshi Son : CEO, Softbank

Masayoshi Son


12. Elon Musk : CEO and Chairman, Tesla

Elon Musk


13. Paul Allen : NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers

Paul Allen


14. Lee Kun-Hee : Chairman, Samsung Electronics

Lee Kun-Hee


15. Azim Premji : Chairman, Wipro Limited (ADR)

Azim Premji


16. William Ding : Founder and CEO, Netease

William Ding


17. Robin Li : Founder and CEO, Baidu

Robin Li


18. Shiv Nadar : cofounder HCL

Shiv Nadar


19. Dustin Moskovitz : CEO and Cofounder, Asana

Dustin Moskovitz


20. Hasso Plattner & family : chairman of the SAP

Hasso Plattner & family


21. Zhang Zhidong : Cofounder, Tencent Holdings

Zhang Zhidong


22. Eric Schmidt : Executive Chairman, Google

Eric Schmidt


23. Terry Gou : CEO, Hon Hai Precision

Terry Gou


24. Dietmar Hopp & family : German software company SAP

Dietmar Hopp & family


25. Liu Qiangdong : Founder and CEO,

Liu Qiangdong


26. Zhou Qunfei : Founder and CEO, Lens Technology

Zhou Qunfei


27. Eduardo Saverin : Cofounder, Facebook

Eduardo Saverin


28. Jan Koum : CEO, cofounder, WhatsApp Inc.

Jan Koum


29. Pierre Omidyar : Founder, eBay

Pierre Omidyar


30. James Goodnight : CEO, SAS Institute

James Goodnight


31. Joseph Tsai : vice chairman and cofounder of Alibaba Group

Joseph Tsai


32. Pan Zhengmin & family : cofounders of China’s AAC Technologies

Pan Zhengmin & family


33. David Duffield : Chairman and Cofounder, Workday

David Duffield


34. Hiroshi Mikitani : founder and CEO of Rakuten

Hiroshi Mikitani


35. Gordon Moore : Cofounder and Chairman Emeritus, Intel

Gordon Moore


36. Jay Y. Lee : Vice Chairman, Samsung Electronics

Jay Y. Lee


37. Lei Jun : Founder and CEO, Xiaomi

Lei Jun


38. Brian Acton : Cofounder, WhatsApp Inc.

Brian Acton


39. Kwon Hyuk-Bin : Smilegate Holdings

Kwon Hyuk-Bin


40. John Doerr : General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

John Doerr


41. David Sun : COO, Kingston Technology Corporation

David Sun


42. John Tu : President, Kingston Technology Corporation

John Tu


43. Gabe Newell : Cofounder and CEO, Valve Corporation

Gabe Newell


44. Andreas von Bechtolsheim & family : Cofounder, Chief Development Officer and Chairman, Arista Networks

Andreas von Bechtolsheim & family


45. Yeung Kin-man : founder and chief executive of Biel Crystal Manufactory

Yeung Kin-man


46. Ralph Dommermuth : leads United Internet AG

Ralph Dommermuth


47. Lam Wai Ying : founder and chief executive of Biel Crystal Manufactory

Lam Wai Ying


48. Garrett Camp : Cofounder and Chairman, Uber Technologies Inc.

Garrett Camp


49. Travis Kalanick : Cofounder and CEO, Uber Technologies Inc.

Travis Kalanick


50. David Cheriton : Professor, Stanford University

David Cheriton


51. Fu Liquan : Zhejiang Dahua Technology

Fu Liquan


52. Kim Jung-Ju : Nexon

Kim Jung-Ju


53. David Filo : Chief Yahoo, Yahoo!

David Filo


54. Lin Xiucheng & family : Sanan Optoelectronics

Lin Xiucheng & family


55. Mark Scheinberg : Entrepreneur

Mark Scheinberg


56. Marc Benioff : Chairman and CEO,

Marc Benioff


57. Jiang Bin : Goertek

Jiang Bin


58. John Sall : Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, SAS Institute

John Sall


59. Yusaku Maezawa : founded Japan’s largest online fashion mall, Zozotown



60. Barry Lam : chairman of Quanta Computer

Barry Lam


61. Jen-Hsun Huang : Cofounded graphics-chip maker Nvidia

Jen-Hsun Huang


62. Robert Pera : Chief Executive Officer, Ubiquiti Networks Inc

 Robert Pera


63. Jeffrey Skoll : eBay’s president

Jeffrey Skoll


64. Henry Samueli : Cofounder, Chief Technology Officer and Chairman, Broadcom

Henry Samueli


65. Nathan Blecharczyk : Entrepreneur

Nathan Blecharczyk


66. Brian Chesky : CEO and Cofounder, Airbnb, Inc.

Brian Chesky


67. Joe Gebbia : CPO & Cofounder, Airbnb, Inc.

Joe Gebbia


68. Jack & Laura Dangermond : cofounders of Esri

Jack & Laura Dangermond


69. Denise Coates : Founder and Joint CEO, Bet365

Denise Coates


70. Teddy Sagi : founded gambling software developer Playtech

Teddy Sagi


71. Rishi Shah : Cofounder and CEO, Outcome Health

Rishi Shah


72. Yuri Milner : Partner, Digital Sky Technologies

Yuri Milner


73. Judy Faulkner : Founder-CEO, Epic Systems

Judy Faulkner


74. Michael Moritz : Chairman, Sequoia Capital

Michael Moritz


75. Henry Nicholas, III. : Cofounder, Broadcom

Henry Nicholas


76. Reid Hoffman : Chairman and Cofounder, LinkedIn

Reid Hoffman


77. Scott Lin & family : cofounded lens supplier Largan Precision

Scott Lin & family


78. Bobby Murphy : Cofounder, Snap

Bobby Murphy


79. Evan Spiegel : Cofounder and CEO, Snap

Evan Spiegel


80. Frank Wang : Founder and CEO, DJI Technology Co.

Frank Wang


81. Wang Xing : cochairs Meituan-Dianping

Wang Xing


82. Douglas Leone : Partner, Sequoia Capital

Douglas Leone


83. Romesh T. Wadhwani : Founder and Chairman, Symphony Technology Group



84. Zhang Fan : chairman of touch screen maker Goodix, formerly known as Shenzhen Huiding Technology

Zhang Fan


85. Jim Breyer : Founder, CEO, Breyer Capital

Jim Breyer


86. Min Kao & family : Chairman and CEO, Garmin Corporation

Min Kao & family


87. Gil Shwed : inventor of the modern computer firewall

Gil Shwed


88. Thomas Siebel : software company C3IoT

Thomas Siebel


89. Jason Chang : Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering

Jason Chang


90. Meg Whitman : CEO, Hewlett-Packard

Meg Whitman


91. Jeff Rothschild : Advisor, Facebook

Jeff Rothschild


92. Simon Xie : cofounder of China e-commerce giant Alibaba Group

Simon Xie


93. Mike Cannon-Brookes : cofounder of collaboration software firm Atlassian

Mike Cannon-Brookes


94. Scott Cook : cofounded financial software giant Intuit

Scott Cook


95. Scott Farquhar : cofounder of collaboration software firm Atlassian

Scott Farquhar


96. Robert Miller : President and CEO, Future Electronics

Robert Miller


97. Adam Neumann : cofounder and CEO of communal work space giant WeWork

Adam Neumann


98. Sean Parker : venture capital investor and philanthropist

Sean Parker


99. Wang Laichun : chairs electronics manufacturer Luxshare Precision Industry

Wang Laichun2


100. Wang Laisheng : vice chairman of electronics manufacturer Luxshare Precision Industry

Wang Laisheng

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