The richest tech billionaires in the United States have had a very good year and a half. Your net worth has grown insane since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In many cases, their fortunes have almost doubled. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, would be worth more than $ 200 billion without his divorce from MacKenzie Scott. The stake in Amazon that left her with is worth enough to put her in the top 10 richest tech billionaires on its own.
However, the biggest players in the tech industry and their companies are under scrutiny by the Department of Justice (Google), the Federal Trade Commission (Facebook) and the District of Columbia Attorney General (Amazon). And if Congress gets its way, they will completely redefine the current antitrust laws, which could cause big problems for Facebook, Amazon, Google, and more of the largest tech companies that have a virtual monopoly on their industries.
Another milestone reached this year is the number of companies with a market capitalization of $ 1 trillion. As of this year, Facebook has been part of this club, which also includes Amazon, Apple, Google / Alphabet and Microsoft. Also, among the 400 richest Americans, one-fifth (80) billionaires made their fortune in technology. Another staggering number – the 1982 list of the 400 richest Americans totaled $ 92 billion. In 2021, the seventh richest tech mogul, Larry Ellison, is worth $ 100 million alone.
# 10. Pierre Omidyar Net worth: $ 24 billion
In 1995, Pierre Omidyar founded eBay. The company went public three years later. Three months after going public, the shares hit the $ 300 mark, making Omidyar a billionaire.
# 9. Michael Dell Net worth: $ 30 billion
Source: Dell Computers
Michael Dell dropped out of college to start a computer repair company. In 1984 he founded Dell Computer. In 1988 the company went public. In 2000, Dell became a billionaire for the first time. In 2013, Dell took his company private.
#8th. MacKenzie Scott Net worth: $ 53 billion
MacKenzie Scott was married to Jeff Bezos for 25 years. She drove the car across country from New York City to Seattle while Bezos was writing the business plan for Amazon. She got 4%, or roughly 20 million shares, of Amazon in her divorce settlement.
# 7. Larry Ellison Net worth: $ 100 billion
In 1977 Larry Ellison founded Oracle. In 1986, Oracle went public. He became a billionaire for the first time in 1993. He was 49 years old.
# 6. Steve Ballmer Net worth: $ 101 billion
Steve Ballmer left Stanford to join a small startup called Microsoft. When Microsoft went public in 1986, it was worth $ 85 million. In 1995 he became a billionaire.
# 5. Sergey Brin Net worth: $ 121 billion
Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded Google as Ph.D. Studied computer science at Stanford in 1998.
# 4. Larry Page’s net worth: $ 125 billion
Larry Page and Sergey Brin first became billionaires in 2004 when Google went public.
# 3. Mark Zuckerberg Net Worth: $ 135 Billion
Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his Harvard dormitory. By 2008, his sizable holdings in his pre-IPO company had catapulted him into the billionaires club. He was 22 years old.
# 2. Bill Gates net worth: $ 151 billion
Source: Microsoft and other investments.
Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen. In 1986 Microsoft went public. In 1987 he became a billionaire for the first time.
#1. Jeff Bezo’s net worth: $ 190 billion
In 1993, Jeff Bezos started a small online bookstore called Amazon.com. In 1997 he brought Amazon to the stock exchange. In 1999 he joined the Billionaires Club with assets of $ 10 billion. Unfortunately, $ 190 billion is not quite enough for Mr Bezos to make him the richest person in the world today. As of this writing, Elon Musk is the richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 230 billion.