Net worth: $33.1 billion. Born 1984. Founder and CEO of Facebook. Zuckerberg launched thefacebook on February 4, 2004. The social media site now boasts over one billion active users.
Net worth: $32.3 billion. Born 1973. Co-founder (with Sergey Brin) and CEO of Google, the dominant search engine founded in 1998.
Net worth: $32 billion. Born 1964. Founder and CEO of Amazon, the online retail giant launched in 1994.
Net worth: $30 billion. Born 1973. Co-founder (with Larry Page) of Google, the dominant search engine founded in 1998.
Net worth: $16 billion. Born 1965. Founder and CEO of Dell Computers, which he launched in May 1984 by putting together and selling computers and upgrade kits.
Net worth: $12 billion. Born 1971. Founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors (an electric car company), and SpaceX (space transport service company, among many other endeavours.
Net worth: $8 billion. Born 1967. Founder of eBay, which was officially launched on Sept 4 1995. He now does a lot of work through the Omidyar Network, which is a philanthropic investment firm.
Net worth: $4.4 billion. Born 1967. On the board of directors at the founding of PayPal, and one of the co-founders of LinkedIn, the world’s largest social networking platform for business professionals.
Net worth: $2.6 billion. Born 1958. Owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks among other investment properties, holdings, and companies.
Net worth: $1.7 billion. Born 1966. Co-founder of Yahoo! Inc. (along with Jerry Yang), which was launched in 1994 as "Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web".
Net worth: $1.2 billion. Born 1968. Co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! Inc. (along with David Filo), which was launched in 1994 as "Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web".
You already know Bill Gates, worth an estimated $78 billion in 2014. There are other, more established (i.e. older) entrepreneurs that could have made this top ten, but the focus is on younger and perhaps less known individuals (although most of these people are still rather famous) that made their money relatively recently. Overwhelmingly, these entrepreneurs all made their fortune via computers and/or the internet. Cyberspace, it would seem, is the best place to get filthy rich in the modern world. Many of them founded companies or products that we all know, love, and use frequently (if not daily...if not hourly). The secret to success? Start small and build. Find something that you yourself want, or need, or would use.
Amazon. Google. Facebook. Tumblr. YouTube. These are the names appearing on this list. Some of them are so ubiquitous that we can’t imagine our lives without them. Imagine life without Google (gasp!). Or Facebook (double gasp!!). There’s a reason these founders are billionaires. But one can’t help but wonder what the next big thing will be. What’s the next YouTube? What will eventually usurp Facebook? What entrepreneurs are waiting in the shadows to take over the throne, quietly building, coding, and tweaking their idea until it’s perfect and ready for the light of day? Only time will tell.
For now, these men rule the top ten (a few women did break into the top 15, including Ashley Qualls of WhatEverLife.com and Juliette Brindak of “Miss O and Friends”). A future list will undoubtedly include ten heretofore unknown individuals.