Computer engineering as a career choice is the epitome of cool. It’s cutting edge, and the industry has spawned global icons and celebrities in the shape of famous tech giants like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
Lets walk you through the lifestyles and huge success of Tech Guru’s, and provide some stunning pictures on what their toys and possessions look like. Envy isn’t always a bad thing. So go ahead, marvel at these titans of tech and drool over their possessions.
The founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison has also held, for a brief while, the title of the world’s richest man.
After starting Software Development Laboratories in 1977, Larry Ellison went on to write the Oracle which was essentially a project undertaken for the CIA, believe it or not. And less than 10 years later, Oracle went public in a $55 Million offering.
He is another one of the famous tech giants who has what has become over the years a badge of honor amongst tech moguls. A wonderful intellect and no college degree since like Gates, Zuckerburg and others Larry Ellison also left University to pursue his dreams.
Currently worth a staggering $36.5 Billion, Larry Ellison belongs, rightfully on a list of the big boys of Tech Town.
A true blue Indian success story, Vinod Khosla started from New Delhi and eventually went on to capture an unimaginable stake in the Silicon Valley in the 1980’s with the founding of Sun Microsystems. Called Sun after the ‘Stanford University Network’, the firm became synonymous with success after it became profitable in just its first quarter of operations in 1982.
In the later years Vinod Khosla founded Khosla Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in cleantech and technology startups. As a result a lot of the Silicon Valley success stories of our time have an immense debt of gratitude to our very own Vinod Khosla. Currently said to be worth a lip smacking $1.5 Billion, Vinod Khosla is a shining light on the path to success and ambitions.
One of the original Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Bill Gates is as much part of the history of computing as any human could possibly be. His firm, Microsoft, still, almost 3 decades after it was started, dominates the world of computer operating systems in the way the memory of Mohd Ali hangs over the world of boxing.
A contemporary of Steve Jobs (both men were born in the same year) and his fiercest competitor in their early years, Bill Gates and his firm blew all their competition out the water and continue to do so.
Gates himself though, resigned his position in 2008 to dedicate himself completely to the world’s primary philanthropic foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to assist populations that need resources for education, health care and empowerment.
Still sitting on a $61 Billion, Gates is a testament to the human spirit, to defiance and dreaming beyond big.
The youngest on this list, but no less famous than his older contemporaries, Mark Zuckerberg is the only person on this list who has an Oscar winning film based on his firm and life.
The Social Network was a fictional account of Facebook but it riveted millions who wanted to know more about the shy and elusive billionaire. Another tech mogul who is part of the ‘drop out’ club, Mark had been tipped for great things at an exceptionally young age. His programming tutor when he was in school called him a ‘prodigy’. He went on to attend Harvard where he began to develop the first versions of Facebook called Face mash. A couple of years, some programming and hundreds of millions of users later, Mark is truly one of the top famous tech giants today.
And with a bank balance that tips over the $12 Billion mark at the tender age of 28, and founder of a service that bought a huge shift in how we communicate, Mark Zuckerberg is the darling of Silicon Valley.