Thursday, 10 March 2011

A few other tech tidbits:

* Highest ranked private tech company exec, excluding Facebook: James Goodnight, CEO of privately held SAS Institute. He’s tied at 141st, with $6.9 billion.


* Highest ranked European tech exec: SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner. He’s got $6.9 billion, too.
* Highest ranked Taiwanese tech execs: the husband-and-wife team of Cher Wang and Wenchi Chen. Chen is CEO of chip maker Via Technologies. Wang is chairman of both Via and handset maker HTC.
* Highest ranked billionaire other than Steve Jobs to benefit from huge demand for the iPad and iPhone: Hon Hai Precision’s Terry Gou, ranked 179th, with $5.7 billion.

There are a host of other familiar names:

* Former Intel exec Gordon Moore – he’s the namesake of Moore’s Law – at 268.
* Dolby Labs founder and namesake Ray Dolby, at 310.
* H. Ross Perot – both of them. Perot pere is 323, with $3.4 billion. Perot fils is 879th, with $1.4 billion.
* Research In Motion co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and James Balsillie both make the billionaire’s roster.
* The ranks of Google billionaires includes additional names, including Sun co-founder Andreas von Bechtolsheim and Stanford prof David Cheriton.
* There’s a sprinkling of VCs, including Kleiner Perkins partner John Doerr, ex-Kleiner partner Vinod Khosla and Sequoia’s Michael Moritz.
* Billionaires who sold their companies to Oracle include Tom Siebel – namesake of Siebel Systems – and David Duffield, he of Peoplesoft.
* Web 1.0 billionaires on the list include one-time AOL chief Steve Case, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, and Yahoo co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo.
* The list also includes half the cast of The Social Network, including not just Zuck, but also Sean Parker, Eduardo Saverin and Dustin Moskovitz, part of a growing group of social networking billionaires.

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