Larry Ellison, founder and chairman of international mega-giant Oracle, is one of the most interesting figures in tech.From yacht racing to buying whole Hawaiian islands to trash-talking competitors , it’s always a wonder to see what Ellison is going to do next.
Here’s how he went from two-time college dropout all the way to international playboy:
The youngest billionaire on the planet who created the Facebook social network that now has 1 billion monthly active users. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan made an audacious bet in late September, promising to spend $3 billion of their fortune over the next decade to manage, cure or prevent all disease by the end of the century. The move follows the couple’s decision in December 2015 to give away 99% of their Facebook stock over their lifetime “to advance human potential.” The potential payout to the world has risen as the price of Facebook stock increased by 15% between the announcement and December 2016.
Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helú is the world’s biggest billionaire loser following Donald Trump’s upset win last week, Forbes data shows. Slim’s fortune plunged from an estimated
net worth of $51.7 billion on Monday, Nov. 7 — the day before the presidential election, to an estimated $45.2 billion when markets closed Fiday, according to Forbes Real Time Billionaire Ranking. As a result of the $6.5 billion drop in his fortune, Slim fell from the world’s 6th richest person to the 7th richest.
David Koch is Executive Vice President, Koch IndustriesWith his older brother, Charles, David Koch shares control of Koch Industries, the second largest private company in the U.S. Their dad Fred Koch, who improved a method of refining heavy oil into gasoline, started the family business in 1940. Charles took over as chairman and CEO after his death in 1967 and expanded the firm into a $100 billion (sales) conglomerate; David oversees its chemical technology group.
Charles Koch net worth is estimated at $41.5 billion according to Forbes as of June 2015. Co-owner and CEO of the biggest private firm “Koch Industries Inc” in the US; Charles Koch is an eminent business magnate, who made his fortune by transforming his father’s moderately successful oil company into a diversified petroleum products trading company with presence in nearly 60 countries. Known as a person with extraordinary management skills, Charles managed and expanded the inherited business to almost 2,600 times the inherited size.
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is one of the most powerful figures in tech, with a net worth of roughly $57 billion.Today his “Everything Store” sells over $100 billion worth of goods a year.
Warren Buffett’s name is practically synonymous with his biggest success: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A). Warren became an integral part of Berkshire Hathaway in the early 1960s and helped the company expand into one of the largest conglomerates in the world. In 1956, his path to success began to accelerate when he moved back to Nebraska with his family.
ara founder Amancio Ortega is the richest man in Europe and the wealthiest retailer in the
world. He started manufacturing textiles through a small family company in 1963 before cofounding Zara with his ex-wife Rosalía Mera (d. 2013) in 1975. By the mid-1980s, Ortega had expanded throughout Spain, and he opened his first store in America in 1989. As he expanded his empire, which today includes Zara, Massimo Dutti and Pull&Bear, he caught the retail establishment by surprise, limiting advertising, expanding aggressively, and controlling much of his own supply chain .
William Henry Gates was born on 28 October 1955, in Seattle, Washington. As the principal
founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates is one of the most influential and richest people on the planet. Recent estimates of his wealth put it at US$84.2 billion (Jan. 2017); this is the equivalent of the combined GDP of several African economies. In recent years he has retired from working full time at Microsoft, and has instead concentrated on working with his charitable foundation “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”