The likes of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg all became billionnaires from the tech stock boom in the market. Without overemphasising, the tech market is a very resourceful one.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates ($89bn) topped this year’s Forbes’ list of the richest people in the world for the 24th consecutive year. Amazing, right? Although, he was overtaken by Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos ($81.5bn) for a short period.
Other tech founders like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg ($71bn) are also closing, as the 33year old finds himself in fourth place, having increased his net wealth by $15.5bn in the past year. Oracle’s Larry Ellison ($59bn), is in fifth place.
As clearly listed, the only non-tech founder in the Top 5 is Bill Gates’ very good friend, Warren Buffett ($78bn), who is in third place. However, even the stock mogul has been making news in the tech world, by investing in a few.
Going further, Google co-founders Larry Page ($44.6bn) and Sergey Brin ($43.4bn) snuck their way into the Top 10. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ($33.6bn) placed 15th, with Michael Dell ($23.2bn) in 19th, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen ($20.6bn) in 22nd. Eric Schmidt ($12.6bn) who completed the Google triumvirate is in 35th place.
Further down the list, Snap co-founder Evan Spiegel ($3.1bn) has the distinction of being the youngest person on the Forbes 400, while Netflix’s Reed Hastings ($3.2bn) entered the list for the first time.
Forbes reckons there are 59 technology billionaires in the Top 400. Needless to reiterate, the easiest way to become one of the richest person in the world today, might just be to successful innovate a technology company.