The world of programming is a competitive one, and the top programmers have earned their place. In this article, we’ll take a look at the richest programmers in the world, as well as some other interesting facts about them. We’ll also find out how much money they make per hour!
Top 20 Richest Programmers in the World and Their Net-Worth
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Bill Gates – $79.3B
Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft, which is one of the most successful software companies in history. He is also one of the richest programmers in the world with a net worth estimated at $79.3 billion dollars.
In addition to being a philanthropist who has donated over $28 billion dollars throughout his lifetime, he has also been involved with some major charitable organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which focuses primarily on improving global health and education among others.
Larry Page – $50.8B
Larry Page is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin. He has been the CEO of Google since 2011.
Page was born in 1969 to parents who were both academics, and he grew up on a farm near Kansas City, Missouri.
His father, Robert Ewen Page (born 1929), taught at the University of Kansas School of Law while his mother, Lynne Elizabeth Garey (born 1938), taught English literature at Lawrence High School in Topeka, Kansas.
After graduating from high school in 1987, Page attended Princeton University for one year before transferring to Stanford University where he earned an undergraduate degree in computer science along with minors in philosophy and economics.
Sergey Brin – $49.8B
Sergey Brin is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who, with Larry Page, co-founded Google. Together they own about 14% of its shares, worth about $54 billion as of December 2018.
As an adult, Brin wears a beard, which he has said is a tradition in Judaism Sergey Brin is the co-founder of Google, Alphabet’s subsidiary.
Born in 1973 to Jewish parents in Russia, Brin emigrated with his family to the United States when he was six years old.
In 1998, together with Larry Page and other Stanford students, they founded Google Inc., which has since grown into one of the most valuable companies in the world.
Sergey Brin, born on August 21, 1973, is the co-founder of Google. He has a degree in mathematics from the University of Maryland and met Larry Page at Stanford University. His net worth is $49.8 billion as of 2019.
Jeff Bezos – $43.7B
Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon and is currently the richest person in the world, has a net worth of $43.7 billion. He’s also one of the most generous philanthropists on the planet—he donates more than 99% of his wealth to charity!
So how did he do it? Well, if you look at his career path starting with working as a programmer for Microsoft and then moving into other industries like publishing and e-commerce before returning to software development with Amazon (which eventually became one of the largest online retailers), it makes sense that he would become an incredibly successful entrepreneur who could take advantage of technological advances while staying ahead of competitors at every turn.
Mark Zuckerberg – $41.2B
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is one of the world’s richest programmers. He is also a philanthropist and has pledged to give away 99% of his wealth. He was born on May 14, 1984 in White Plains, New York.
Zuckerberg started his first company when he was in high school by creating a website called Thefacebook which allowed users to create profiles with photos and connect with others through messages or status updates. By age 19 years old he had sold it for $12 million dollars to an Israeli Internet company called The .com which later became part of Yahoo! Inc..
Larry Ellison – $40.1B
Larry Ellison is the founder and CEO of Oracle, a leading software company based in Redwood City, California. He is also one of the richest programmers in the world with a net worth of $40.1 billion dollars.
Ellison was born on October 19th 1943 in New York City to Jewish parents who had immigrated from Russia and Poland respectively.
During his childhood years, he attended elementary school at Montessori School on 57th Street before moving onto high school at Bronx High School of Science where he graduated with honors in 1961 (It should be noted that Ellison’s father changed his surname from Friedeldman to Ellison after marrying another woman).
After graduating high school Ellison studied computer science at Cornell University before dropping out because he felt that there were more important things for him than getting an undergraduate degree;
This decision would later prove beneficial for both himself professionally as well as personally because it allowed him time off from classes which would allow him more opportunities for employment after graduation
Steve Ballmer – $38.4B
Steve Ballmer is the former CEO and current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 28th, 1956.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard Business School in 1981, where he was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Ballmer then went on to get an MBA from Stanford University before joining Microsoft as its first employee at age 24 (he joined Microsoft after being recruited by Bill Gates himself).
In 2000, after stepping down as CEO for two years following a failed merger with AOL Time Warner (which resulted in him losing control over key divisions such as MSN).
Ballmer became president again but resigned when he was forced out by then-Microsoft CEO Terry Myerson due to disagreements over strategy changes made during his tenure as COO under Steve Ballmer’s watchful eye during those years:
“Myerson said that while they had been friendly partners previously,” Ballmer recalled “he wasn’t going to give me total control.”
Ma Huateng – $38.1B
Ma Huateng is the founder and chairman of Tencent, a Chinese multinational investment holding conglomerate that specializes in social media, entertainment and internet-related services and products. He has an estimated net worth of $38.1 billion as of June 2018 according to Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires.
Ma founded Tencent in 1998 after leaving his job at Microsoft Corp., where he worked for four years as a software development manager on Windows 98 and 98SE (a successor to Windows 95). In 2000, he led his team to develop QQ (which stands for “Sesame”), an instant messaging client which revolutionized online communications by using high-speed networks rather than SMS text messaging or emailing clients like ICQ or AIM respectively
Jack Ma – $35.6B
Jack Ma is the founder of Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company that operates in more than 200 countries and regions. His net worth is estimated to be $35.6 billion.
He was born in 1964 in Hangzhou, China and has an undergraduate degree from Hangzhou Teachers’ College with a major in English language arts and minor in history. He also holds an MBA from Fudan University (1986), where he graduated first out of his class.
In 1994, he founded Alibaba Group with his friends Joseph Tsai and Peter Lee. The company went public on September 21st 2014 at $68 USD per share, making it one of most successful tech IPO’s ever made by any technology firm.
Hiroshi Mikitani – $33.8B
Hiroshi Mikitani is the founder and CEO of Rakuten Group, a Japanese e-commerce company. He has an estimated net worth of $33.8 billion as of 2018 and is the richest person in Japan.
He also holds stakes in other companies like anime streaming service Crunchyroll and car-sharing service Carpooling Inc., which are collectively worth billions more than his own fortune alone; together they make him one of the world’s wealthiest people overall, and one who could soon overtake Bill Gates as well if he continues growing at his current rate over time (which would not be surprising).
Larry Page & Sergey Brin – $109.6B
The co-founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, are both computer science graduates from Stanford University. They started the company in 1998, when they were graduate students at Stanford.
They named their search engine Google after a typo on an early version of the internet called “Googol”. The word “googol” was coined by Edward Kasner, who was a mathematician at Johns Hopkins University. It means 10 raised to 100 power (10100).
In 1999, Google changed its name to “Google Inc.”
Elon Musk – $26.5B
Elon Musk is an American business magnate, investor and engineer. He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-chairman of OpenAI.
He has been ranked as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world each year from 2008 to 2017 (except 2017).
Masayoshi Son & Tadashi Yanai- $25.2 B &$15 B respectively
Masayoshi Son is the founder, CEO and chairman of SoftBank Group Corp., a Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet corporation. The company’s primary areas of business are mobile communications, Internet services, financial services and life sciences.
In addition to being a billionaire programmer himself, he has also brought many other successful programmers into his company through his vision to “create a new world”, which led him to become one of Japan’s richest men with an estimated net worth at over $25 billion (as of June 2018).
Jan Koum & Brian Acton- Net Worth :$9 billion, Net Worth :$4 billion respectively
Jan Koum is the co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp, a messaging app with over 1 billion users. He started working on WhatsApp in 2006, when he was at Yahoo! Labs.
After receiving $19 million from Sequoia Capital’s Mike Moritz, he founded WhatsApp in 2009 to develop a new type of messaging service for mobile phones that would allow users to send messages free over WiFi networks rather than data plans. The company went public on February 19th 2014 and was valued at $19 billion (USD).
Brian Acton is also worth over $4 billion thanks to his work as an early employee for Facebook Inc., where he served as vice president of product management between 2010-2012 before leaving for Signal Foundation Ltd., an encrypted communications firm which has since been acquired by Telegram Messenger LLP..
Working hard can really pay off!
Working hard can really pay off! If you want to become rich, then you will have to work hard. Being smart will help as well. You can achieve your goals if you work hard enough and believe that it is possible for you to make money from programming or any other field of study that interests you.
It’s all about believing in yourself and knowing what kind of person wants to be successful at something like this so that they have faith in themselves when doing so; otherwise, there would be no point in doing anything at all because nothing would come out good anyway.
There are a lot of people who have made their millions through hard work. That’s not to say that everyone is a programmer, but it does show that many people are willing to put in the hours necessary for success.