Silicon Valley is a region in the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California that is the global haven for social media, technology, and innovation. The popular area, that has been referenced in pop-culture for the past decade, wasn’t always known as the technology center in California. Before high-tech companies started moving into the Bay Area, the region was home to Military bases, U.S. Government facilities, and colleges. Films such as, The Internship, A View To Kill, The Social Network, and Jobs have also mentioned the legendary high-tech area.
As of today, more than 39 companies from the Fortune 1000 are based in Silicon Valley, including: eBay, Apple Inc., Netflix, Sony, and Intel. Many of these companies’ CEO’s are also based in Silicon Valley.
How much are these savvy tycoons worth? Here are the top 10 Richest Moguls in Silicon Valley.
10 Jack Dorsey - Net Worth: $5.7 Billion
42-year-old Jack Dorsey is a computer programmer and entrepreneur; but is most notably known as the co-founder and CEO of one the most popular social media sites, Twitter. The St. Louis, Missouri native and his partners; Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams, created the Obvious Corporation, which expanded into Twitter. Dorsey became the CEO of the company and oversaw the startup through two rounds of funding by venture capitalists. Dorsey is also the founder and CEO of the mobile payments company, Square and has a net worth of $5.7 billion.
9 Jan Koum - Net Worth: $11.3 Billion
The co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp has a story that many can look up to. Jan Koum is a former employee of Yahoo!, during which he had quit school. Koum left Yahoo! after nine years and took of from working for a year to travel around South America and playing fris-bee. After applying for Facebook but not receiving the job he applied for, Koum and his business partner, Brian Actom, founded WhatsApp in 2009. In 2014, Facebook acquired Whatsapp for $19 billion. As of 2019, Koum has a net worth of $11.3 billion.
8 Dustin Moskovitz - Net Worth: $14 Billion
What was life before Facebook? It's probably hard to remember, but thanks to this social media site, people can reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, and get a closer look at life across the world. If it wasn't for four young men creating this website, we wouldn't have this privileges; one of those young men, is Dustin Moskovitz.
Moskovitz, alongside Mark Zuckerberg, co-founded Facebook while he attended Harvard University. In 2008, Moskovitz left Facebook to find the web and mobile application, Asana. In 2010, Forbes listed Moskovitz as the youngest self-made billionaire, and today has a net worth of $14 billion.
7 Elon Musk - Net Worth: $20.1 Billion
When one thinks of technology, Elon Musk is probably one of the names that comes to mind. The South African-born investor and engineer is the founder, co-founder, and CEO of six companies, including; PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Inc. Musk, who was named one of the most powerful people in the world by Forbes Magazine, began his entrepreneurial career after he dropped out of Stanford University and co-founded his first company, Zip2. The father of 5 also known for his goals to change humanity and the world, is worth $20.1 billion.
6 Mark Zuckerberg - Net Worth: $76 Billion
In 2004, life changed; thanks to four college friends who wanted to create a website but had no idea the global impact it would. Initially dubbed "a little Harvard thing", Facebook's popularity grew like wildfire, and in 2012, it had reached one billion users. Mark Zuckerberg is Facebook's leading chairman, CEO, and is also co-founder of the solar sail spacecraft development project, Breakthrough Starshot. Zuckerberg became a social and global phenemeon, particualrly after the film, The Social Network was released.
In 2007, at the age of 23-years-old, he was dubbed the world's youngest self-made billionaire, and today he has a net worth of $76 billion, which is a culmination of his earnings from Facebook and real-estate investments.
5 Jeffery Skoll - Net Worth: $5.6 Billion
Jeffery Skoll is currently the president of the popular, online auctioning and commerce website, eBay, but prior to this, he was the company's first employee. While employed at eBay, Skoll wrote a business plan that the company followed after it's unfolding process from a start-up to a larger company. During his time at eBay, Skoll founded the eBay Foundation, which is now worth $32 million.
In addition to this, Skoll also owns a production company, Participant Media, and has produced critically-acclaimed, including: Spotlight, An Inconvenient Truth, Lincoln, and North Country. The internet entrepreneur's net worth is estimated to be $5.6 billion.
4 George Lucas - Net Worth: $6.2 Billion
In a galaxy far, far, away; an epic space-saga was born, thanks to iconic film director, George Lucas. Lucas' legacy will span for decades to come, thanks to the franchise he created, Star Wars, that has now expanded into other media, such as; video games, television shows, theme park attractions, and even a fictional universe. Lucas is regarded as a significant figure in the New Hollywood era as he has also directed other blockbuster films, specifically; the Indiana Jones franchises, Red Tails, and Labyrinth
3 Larry Page - Net Worth: $48.2 Billion
As hard as it would to be a world prior to Facebook, it probably would be even harder to think back to the days before Google was invented. The search-engine that now comes with mainly every phone was created by two computer scientist, one being Larry Page. Page is also the co-inventor of Page-Rank, which is a well-known search ranking algorithm for Google. Page also served as CEO of the company, Alphabet Inc., Google's parent company and returned as CEO in 2015.
Also a recipient of the Macaroni Prize, Page's net worth as of 2019 is $48.2 billion.
2 Travis Kalanick - Net Worth: $5.4 Billion
Before Uber came along, life was a little complicated, particularly for suburbanites. If residents didn't live in a metropolitan area where a dozen cab would be passing through or already own a vehicle, it was hard to get around. Thanks to Travis Kalanick, this a thing of the past. Kalanick and his business partner, Garrett Camp, who he credits for the idea, came together and created Uber, after trying find ways to cut back prices for black car services.
Kalanick also founded the companies Red Swoosh (a peer-to-peer content delivery network), and Scour (a peer-to-peer file sharing application), rounding out his net worth to be $5.4 billion.
1 Sergey Brin - Net Worth: $55.7 Billion
This Russian-born computer scientist changed the world with his business partner, Larry Page, when the two co-founded Google together. Sergey Brin came to America at the age of 6-years-old with his family and earned his bachelor's degree at University of Maryland, College Park. Brin followed in his father and grandfather's footsteps and studied computer science and mathematics.
While enrolled in Stanford University where he was studying for a Ph.D. in computer science, Brin met Page, and the two ceased their studies to create the search engine. Needless to say, the two made a brave decision. Brin is worth $55.7 billion as of 2019.