Richest people in tech

Wealth-X and Business Insider have released a list of the 50 wealthiest people on the planet, with 12 billionaires, nearly a quarter of the list, coming from the technology sector.

The billionaires have a combined fortune of $1.45 trillion, nearly equal to the GDP of Australia, and more than two-thirds are completely self-made.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is listed as the richest man in the world, with an estimated wealth of $87.4 billion.

He is followed by fashion retail mogul Amancio Ortega Gaona, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest person on the list, ranked 8th with a net worth of $42.8 billion.

Here are the richest tech billionaires who made the list.


Bill Gates (Microsoft) – $87.4 billion

Bill Gates


Jeff Bezos (Amazon) – $56.6 billion

Amazon.com Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos speaks during a keynote speech with Amazon.com Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels at the AWS Re:Invent conference at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Richard Brian


Larry Ellison (Oracle) – $45.3 billion

Co-founder and Chief Executive of Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison introduces the company's latest SPARC servers at Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, California March 26, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)


Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) – $42.8 billion

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO


Larry Page (Google) – $38.5 billion

Google CEO Larry Page speaks during a press announcement at Google's headquarters in New York, in this file photo from May 21, 2012. Larry Ellison, the CEO and co-founder of software giant Oracle Corp, has accused Page, of acting "absolutely evil" as the two companies square off in a U.S. appeals court over a bitter lawsuit involving Google's Android operating system. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS EDUCATION)


Sergey Brin (Google) – $37 billion

Google CEO Sergey Brin speaks at Google I/O 2012 Conference while wearing a Google Glass prototype


Jack Ma (Alibaba) – $26.5 billion

Jack Ma


Steve Ballmer (Microsoft) – $26.3 billion

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gestures during his keynote address at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, California June 26, 2013.


Carlos Slim Helu (Grupo Carso) – $23.5 billion

Carlos Slim


Michael Dell (Dell) – $18.9 billion

Michael Dell


Ma Huateng (Tencent Holdings) – $17.1 billion

Ma Huateng


Azim Premji (Wipro) – $16.5 billion

azim premji


Lei Jun (Xiaomi) – $14.4 billion

Lei Jun


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