There was a time when the richest person on the face of the earth had to be an agriculturalist. Another time when industrialists had all the money and those with big jobs in factories pocketed heavily.
In our modern times the business world rules that those who can sell more get a handsome share of the world’s cash. But now, tech is taking over the center stage. We see that rich becoming people nowadays are either dealing in tech or their businesses are partly run by tech. This is evident by the fact that 7 of the richest people are tech geeks.
1. Jeff Bezos (Jeffrey Preston Bezos)
Bezos is an American entrepreneur aged 57. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Amazon, an online e-commerce store that was selling books online at first but later widened its dealings to a variety of goods.
Amazon further enlarged into Amazon Web Services, a web and cloud computing platform. Amazon with the guidance of Jeff Bezos acquired a number of companies and they include Whole Foods (foods and beverages), Twitch (social media), Quidsi (beauty and child care), Metro Goldwyn-Mayer (movie production) and others. And now they have ventured more into movies and TV with Amazon Prime and space with Blue Origin.
Jeff Bezos is estimated to be worth $177 billion.
2. Elon Musk
Born on June 28, 1971 in Pretoria South Africa. Since he was young he had a vision to make the world more clean and safe to live in and we see this in some of his ventures that are energy saving intensive.
He has founded and co-founded different companies. PayPal, Zip2 and SpaceX a space company he is leading to more adventures in space. Also companies, like Tesla. A car manufacturing company that is dedicated to make the world free of cars that pollute the atmosphere and replacing them with electric cars. The Boring company, Open AI and Neural Link Corporation.
Elon Musk is estimated a net worth of $151 billion.
3. Bill Gates
This was the richest man on earth for some time till when he was overtaken by his counterparts but never the less he is still safe among the top 10. He is an American computer scientist, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. His full names are William Henry Gates III and he is aged 65 (2021).
He cofounded Microsoft, a software company that has been ruling the world of computers for years. Apart from Microsoft Corporation. he owns other companies like Four Seasons Hotels and resorts, Berkshire Hathaway, Caterpillar Inc., Canadian National Railway, UPS and FedEx and Waste Management Inc.
Microsoft has ventured more in gaming with Xbox and PC games, software development with .NET, VS Code and Github, cloud computing with Azure plus other ventures. Bill Gates is also involved with Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
He is estimated to be worth $124 billion.
4. Mark Zukerberg
He is an American software engineer and entrepreneur born May 14, 1984. In 2004 he cofounded Facebook, the most popular social networking site and he is the CEO.
In 15 years under his leadership Facebook has acquired different companies. They include Oculus VR, WhatsApp, Instagram, com, Threadsay, tbh, CRTL-labs, LiveRail among others.
Mark Zukerberg is estimated to be worth $97 billion.
5. Larry Ellison
His full names are Lawrence Joseph Ellison born August 17, 1944. He is an American entrepreneur who cofounded and leading Oracle Corporation a software company.
Oracle is best known for its relational database system. Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010 and thus got hold of Solaris and Java.
Larry Ellison is estimated to have a net worth of 93 billion dollars.
6. Larry Page
By full names of Lawrence Edward Page, he was born on March 26, 1973. He is an American software engineer and together with Sergey Brin they created Google. And with no doubt Google is the most popular site on the internet.
This man is got to be rich because we all know the power of Google on the internet. Google bring a lot of products and services like YouTube, Gmail, Android Operating system among others. It has also acquired different companies including the likes of AdMob, HTC, Motorolla, Nest, DoubleClick among others.
Larry Page’s net worth is estimated at 91.5 billion American money.
7. Sergey Brin
This list is full computer scientists and this is another one of them. Just like his compatriot Larry Page with whom he started up Google, he is also 48 years old. It is not a surprise that these two are among the top 10 world’s richest and just next to each other.
Sergey Brin is estimated to be at a net worth of $89 billion.
The estimated net worth of these people is subjected to change any time.
Though people got rich through tech, it is not a guarantee that whoever gets into tech is going to be rich. There are probably thousands if not millions of tech geniuses out there who have failed. It takes more than that. Marketing skills to market the product to customers or investors. Hard work, leadership skills, self-denial, patience among others. It would be better to dive into the story of each one of them so that you can pick some lessons