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.
According to Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person with a net worth of $105.1 billion -- eclipsing Bill Gates’ previous record. The Amazon founder and CEO’s wealth comes mostly from 78.9 million shares of his company’s stock, which were up 56% in 2017.
In a New Year’s post on Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg said the social network was making too many mistakes enforcing policies and preventing misuse. Facebook has been criticized for allowing “fake” news, including some paid for by Russians, to spread during the U.S. elections.
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates announced two big new initiatives: $50 million of his personal fortune dedicated to curing Alzheimer’s, and $80 million from his investment firm to develop a 25,000-acre “smart city” just outside of Phoenix, AZ.