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Forbes’ list of the 400 richest Americans is full of techies

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Technology is a lucrative field, according to the latest listing of the 400 richest Americans by Forbes. The magazine just released its latest rankings, and techies show up all over the list. While big names like Bill Gates and Larry Ellison leading the way, a crop of young, Internet-born techies have billions of dollars too after companies like Facebook, Groupon and Twitter have taken off. See the full list here.

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Bill Gates

Microsoft founder and executive Chairman Bill Gates remains the richest person not only in America, but the world. He’s already given away $28 billion of his fortunes to his charity foundation, but he still has plenty left.  


Ellison founded database company Oracle in 1977 and has been riding the riches since then. He’s up to the third richest person in America, behind Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

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Jeff Bezos

Amazon.com founder, CEO and Chairman Jeff Bezos is not only dominating the ecommerce market, but the cloud industry as well.

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Larry Page

The Google co-founders round out the top five richest techies in America. Page now serves as CEO of the company.

Sergey Brin

Brin now directs special projects at Google, which encompasses things like Google Glass.

Mark Zuckerberg

The Facebook founder, chairman and CEO has loads of cash.

Steve Ballmer

CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer is stepping down within a year, he recently announced.

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Dell just won a vote to take the company he founded in 1984 private, with shareholders approving a $25 billion buyout of the computer maker. 

Paul Allen

Microsoft co-founder now also owns the Seattle Seahawks football and Portland Trailblazers basketball teams.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ widow now holds the fortune that Jobs made creating Apple, plus his work with Pixar Studios.

Pierre Omidyar

Omidyar made his fortunes by founding eBay, and he now runs a philanthropic investment organization. 

Eric Schmidt

The former director of software engineering at Sun rose to become the Executive Chairman of Google in 2001, and later served as CEO of the search company for 10 years. Now he’s an executive chairman.

Elon Musk
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Musk is founder of Tesla Motor Vehicles, but also has investments in SpaceX, which is looking to commercialize space flight, and he co-founded online payment company PayPal.

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David Duffield
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He may not be a household name, but Duffield has made a fortune by co-founding Workday, the enterprise software giant. Duffield had a run in with fellow billionaire Larry Ellison after his former company PeopleSoft was purchased by Oracle. Duffield then went on to found Workday. According to Forbes, his worth has nearly tripled since the company’s IPO in 2012.

Dustin Moskovitz

The co-founder of Facebook and former CTO is now sitting on a fortune, thanks to his 7.7% ownership of the company. He left the social networking side in 2008 to found Asana, a business collaboration company.

Sean Parker

That’s not all. The Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans includes dozens of others who have made their billions in the technology industry, including some young up and comers like 33-year-old Sean Parker (pictured), the former Facebook president and founder of Napster ($2 billion). Robert Pera, the 35-year-old founder of Ubiquiti Networks who’s worth $1.96 billion; Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter (and current chairman) and current CEO of app payment company Square is 36 years old and worth $1.3 billion, while Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky holds $1.75 billion at age 44.

Marc Benioff

While youngsters are making billions in the tech market, some old guard tech industry moguls are still sitting pretty. Dish Networks founder Charles Ergen has $12.5 billion, while SAS cofounder James Goodnight has $7.2 billion. Intel co-founder Gordon Moore made the list with $4.6 billion and Marc Benioff (pictured) of Salesforce.com has $2.6 billion.