A definitive list of the 13 richest tech billionaires in the world

A definitive list of the 13 richest tech billionaires in the world
A definitive list of the 13 richest tech billionaires in the world - Business Insider

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tops the list of the richest tech billionaires in the world.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Forbes has released its latest billionaires list. As ever, tech moguls loom large, with familiar faces laced throughout Forbes' ranking.

For some, it was another very good year in the elite club. But the personal wealth of others took a battering, not least Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who fell down the ranking after a disastrous year for his social network. 

Scroll on to see the world's 13 richest tech billionaires, ranked in ascending order.

13. Masayoshi Son. Net worth: $21.6 billion

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Masayoshi Son is the CEO and founder of the Japanese megafund Softbank, which has pumped money into high-profile tech companies like Uber and WeWork.

This year Softbank took a hit following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, due to its links to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Read more: SoftBank's high leverage is another warning sign on the growing corporate debt crisis

12. Elon Musk. Net worth: $22.3 billion

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the January 7 Gigafactory groundbreaking ceremony in Shanghai.
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It was a wild year for the Tesla CEO, with numerous scandals and Tesla's stock zooming up and down in tune with his erratic behaviour. Both Tesla and his rocket company SpaceX laid off significant chunks of their staff in January of this year. Musk remains lavishly wealthy, however.

11. Azim Premji. Net worth: $22.6 billion

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Premji, sometimes referred to as the "Bill Gates of India" is the founder of IT company Wipro.

10. Michael Dell. Net worth: $34.3 billion

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The CEO of Dell Technologies, most of Michael Dell's fortune is tied up in his private investment firm MSD Capital, according to Forbes.

9. Jack Ma. Net worth: $37.3 billion

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Ma is the richest man in China. He announced in September 2018 that in one year he would step down as the chairman of Alibaba — the largest e-commerce site in China — and be succeeded by CEO Daniel Zhang.

8. Ma Huateng. Net worth: $38.8 billion

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Ma is chair of the Chinese tech giant Tencent. Tencent owns messenger service Wechat, which is more or less ubiquitous in China.

Read more: Mark Zuckerberg's vision for Facebook sounds a lot like China, where I couldn't buy a cup of coffee without the app that dominates people's lives there

7. Steve Ballmer. Net worth: $41.2 billion

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Ballmer left as CEO of Microsoft in 2014, but he still ranks highly on Forbes' list at number 19. Ballmer and his wife Connie gave away $295 million to philanthropic causes in 2018.

6. Sergey Brin. Net worth: $49.8 billion

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Google cofounder and current president of Google's parent company Alphabet, Sergey Brin, still takes an active role in company all-hands meetings, according to reports which surfaced last year.

5. Larry Page. Net worth: $50.8 billion

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Larry Page, the other Google cofounder, outranks Sergey Brin by a narrow $1 billion.

4. Mark Zuckerberg. Net worth: $62.3 billion

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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Facebook's year of scandal took a toll on CEO Mark Zuckerberg's fortune. It sunk nearly $9 billion since last year and he fell three places down the ranking. He was also usurped as the youngest self-made billionaire this year by Kylie Jenner.

3. Larry Ellison. Net worth: $62.5 billion

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Larry Ellison, Oracle executive chairman of the board and chief technology officer, delivers a keynote address during the 2014 Oracle Open World conference on Sept. 28, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
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Ellison is the founder and CTO of Silicon Valley major player Oracle. A two-time college dropout, Ellison was also appointed to Tesla's board of directors late last year.

Read more: The rise of Larry Ellison, the jet-setting 74-year-old billionaire founder of Oracle who joined Tesla's board of directors

2. Bill Gates. Net worth: $96.5 billion

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Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates remains a board member at the company, but Forbes notes that he has sold or given away much of his stock, and owns just over 1% of shares.

Known for his philanthropy, Forbes reports that Gates has donated $35.8 billion worth of Microsoft stock to his charitable organization, the Gates Foundation.

1. Jeff Bezos. Net worth: $131 billion

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during an address to attendees at Access Intelligence's SATELLITE 2017 conference in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017.
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At the top of the list sits Amazon CEO, owner of the Washington Post, and richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos. 

Bezos was recently caught up in a firestorm after he announced his divorce from wife MacKenzie and texts from him to his reported lover Lauren Sanchez were leaked to the National Enquirer.

Bezos mounted his own investigation into how the paper got hold of the texts, and subsequently published a blog claiming that the Enquirer was blackmailing him with sensitive photographs.

Read more: Behind on Jeff Bezos' beef with the National Enquirer? Here's the complete timeline of the feud to catch you up

Bezos also donated $2 billion to charity this year, pumping it into a fund to support underserved communities and education programs.

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