Modern-day financial titans are not playing by the same rules as the men who forged the United States in the 19th century. Nowadays, some of the richest people in world can attribute their fortune and success to their advances in the tech world. These financial tycoons have shaped the world we know today through technological breakthroughs that allow us to live more connected than ever. Bill Gates for example founded Microsoft, introducing us to Windows and all of its evolutionary process throughout the years. Or say Steve Jobs, that simultaneously transformed the world with each Apple product that entered the market, while turning this brand into more of a lifestyle than anything else. Larry Ellison, with Oracle, has turned it into the second largest software company in the world. And how not to mention Larry Page as co-founder of search engine titan, Google. Almost all of the men mentioned, besides shaping the world we know today, are on Forbes 2016 list of richest people on the globe and have managed to maintain their status throughout the years despite not always having it easy.
Gates’ creations have made it into our everyday lives and sparked the start of an era by launching Windows back in 1985. Today, three decades later, he has not let his company stop evolving and they are in every home, office or business in one way or another. Their operating systems is still considered to be one of the most stable and used one in the market. Gates, that had an interest in computer programming since the early age of 13, didn’t even finish college. He dropped out of Harvard in 1975, but has not looked back ever since. He definitely inspired millions with his technological movement, but all of this has also landed him the number one spot of Forbes’ list with an estimated net worth of $81.1 billion. He is also known as a philanthropist, donating billions of dollars to different charities and causes.
The late Steve Jobs revolutionized the world of computers and challenged the status quo. Even though he was sometimes misunderstood, he always pushed his ideas to the limit. He also dropped out of college and began his professional career as a game designer. In 1976 he teamed up with Steve Wozniak to open Apple and brought everyone an alternative to the Microsoft PC. He not only introduced the world to Mac, but because of him we can carry our music around with almost no limits, surpassing the Discman and Walkman. Steve Jobs vision not only lead to creating amazing products, but also gave way to an innovative marketing strategy that allowed people to not just buy a product, but a dream, an ideal. Reason why he focused so much of his time perfecting the user experience, and creating a comparative marketing campaign with Microsoft’s PC.
The Oracle Corp. CEO has also been behind many of the changes that have happened in the world and seemingly will continues to be. Ellison moved to California and after working in several places for almost 8 years, decided to start up Software Development Labs together with colleagues Robert Miner and Ed Oates. Oracle, besides software like Java and MySQL, has become a pioneer in database systems. Oracle entered the market strong competing with Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server. Ellison has donated at least 1% of his wealth to different charities. He is also known for his yachting success, and is also a licensed aircraft pilot. Larry Ellison is worth an estimated net worth of $43.6 billion.
Page, along with Sergey Brin, founded Google in 1998 when they were still Stanford students. Google, and its suite of services and products, has now been integrated in almost every part of our lives from email service and search engines to wearable tech and integration with other apps and systems. This started off as a small garage startup, same as many of his contemporary tech giants, and soared to impressive heights. Today, Google has even become a verb. Larry Page is considered a genius for his PageRank algorithm and known for wanting to make drastic changes he made to the organizational scheme and management layer his company had, with no luck. He is currently the CEO of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. He did not make Forbes top 10, but is still quite well off with an estimated net worth of $36.2 billion.
These tech tycoons have forever changed the way we interact with each other and have done so by innovating and pushing the limits. They are a new era of financial titans and have evolved from the times of J.P. Morgan, Vanderbilt and Carnegie, but have gotten to where they are by reinventing the world with no fear of what people would say.