The 15 richest people in tech

Larry PageREUTERS/Chip EastGoogle cofounder and CEO Larry Page.

Forbes has released its annual list of the wealthiest people in the world.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, many of the people appearing on Forbes’ list made their fortunes by pursuing careers in tech.

Thanks in part to the tech boom, the state of California now has 131 people with a net worth of at least $US1 billion.

We’ve rounded up the 15 wealthiest people in tech, but you can see the rest of the list at Forbes.

15. Shiv Nadar is the cofounder of the HCL Group.

Global rank: 66

Net worth: $US14.8 billion

Age: 69

Source of wealth: information technology

Source: Forbes

14. Robin Li is the founder and CEO of Baidu.

Global rank: 62

Net worth: $US15.3 billion

Age: 46

Source: internet search

Source: Forbes

13. Ma Huateng is the chairman and CEO of Tencent.

Global rank: 56

Net worth: $US16.1 billion

Age: 43

Source: internet media

Source: Forbes

12. Paul Allen is the cofounder of Microsoft.

Global rank: 51

Net worth: $US17.5 billion

Age: 62

Source: Microsoft

Source: Forbes

10. Michael Dell is the chairman and CEO of Dell.

Global rank: 47

Net worth: $US19.2 billion

Age: 50

Source: Dell

Source: Forbes

9. Laurene Powell Jobs is the founder and chair of the Emerson Collective and the widow of the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

Global rank: 45

Net worth: $US19.5 billion

Age: 51

Source: Apple, Disney

Source: Forbes

8. Steve Ballmer is the former CEO of Microsoft.

Global rank: 35

Net worth: $US21.5 billion

Age: 58

Source: Microsoft

Source: Forbes

7. Jack Ma is the founder and chairman of Alibaba.

Global rank: 33

Net worth: $US22.7 billion

Age: 50

Source: e-commerce

Source: Forbes

6. Sergey Brin is the cofounder and director of special projects at Google.

Global rank: 20

Net worth: $US29.2 billion

Age: 41

Source: Google

Source: Forbes

5. Larry Page is the cofounder and CEO of Google.

Global rank: 19

Net worth: $US29.7 billion

Age: 41

Source: Google

Source: Forbes

4. Mark Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Facebook.

Global rank: 16

Net worth: $US33.4 billion

Age: 30

Source: Facebook

Source: Forbes

3. Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon.

Global rank: 15

Net worth: $US34.8 billion

Age: 51

Source: Amazon

Source: Forbes

2. Larry Ellison is the cofounder and former CEO of Oracle.

Global rank: 5

Net worth: $US54.3 billion

Age: 70

Source: Oracle

Source: Forbes

1. Bill Gates is the cofounder of Microsoft and the richest person in the world.

Global rank: 1

Net worth: $US79.2 billion

Age: 59

Source: Microsoft

Source: Forbes

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