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.
Bill Gates pledged $12 million toward universal flu vaccine research following a devastating flu season. Half will come from his foundation and the other half from Larry Page, in up to $2 million increments for “bold and innovative” projects that could be ready for clinical trials by 2021.
Google co-founder Larry Page has unveiled his new fully electric, self-piloting flying taxis. One of Page’s companies has completed “stealth” testing and will now pair with New Zealand for an official certification process in the hopes of creating the “Uber” of flying taxis in three years.
The onset of Amazon Prime Day brought news that the online behemoth's CEO, Jeff Bezos, had achieved a net worth of $150 billion. That number surpassed the inflation-adjusted record held by Bill Gates, whose $100 billion peak in 1999 translates to $149 billion today.
Twenty years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the world to iMac, which had a 15-inch screen and 4GB hard drive. The computer was a minor revolution for its design, introduction of the USB and integrated design for internet use when it wasn’t a universal feature on other computers.