Facebook, Twitter, Google, iPhone— they're the names of technologies so pervasive in our 21st century lives that we've started using them as verbs. Behind these technologies are individuals whose ingenuity and enterprising spirit have profoundly changed our lives. Far from being computer nerds, these tech geniuses are billionaire celebrities, household names and the subjects of hit movies. From Steve Jobs of Apple to Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook, here are the most famous modern titans of tech.
Mark Zuckerberg has topped Warren Buffett to become the world’s third-richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The Facebook co-founder trails only two other tech giants: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
Happy 20th Birthday, Google! Created by Larry Page and Sergey Brin as a research project at Stanford, they called the search engine "Google" after the mathematical term "googo." The term refers to the No. 1 followed by 100 zeros, to reflect their mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.