Gates, Ellison, other tech moguls got richer last year
A look at Bloomberg's Billionaires Index shows a bump in wealth last year for a number of the usual suspects among technology leaders.
It's said that the rich get richer. And that's certainly true at the moment in the tech world.
Grabbing Bloomberg's No. 2 spot among the world's top billionaries, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has an estimated worth of $63.4 billion as of yesterday. Despite donating a hefty amount of money to charitable causes, Gates' net worth managed to rise 1.1 percent over the past year, making him the richest tech mogul on the list.
Worth $40.7 billion, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison saw a 3.6 percent gain in his fortune last year. The largest chunk of his wealth comes from his 23.5 percent share of Oracle, according to Bloomberg, though he also owns a 49 percent slice of software company NetSuite.
Amazon chief Jeff Bezos took the No. 20 spot with a net worth of $24.1 billion, a 2.4 percent gain from a year ago. Google's Larry Page is worth $21.8 billion, while fellow co-founder Sergey Brin has a fortune of $21.6 billion, both up 1.9 percent from last year.
The owner of India's Wipro, Azim Premji, is worth $15.8 billion. Other tech players on the list include Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen with $14.4 billion to his name, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer with $14.2 billion, and Dell CEO Michael Dell with $13.3 billion.
And despite the weak performance of Facebook's post-IPO stock, CEO Mark Zuckerberg saw his net worth rise by 5.1 percent from a year ago to $12.9 billion.
So who's No. 1 on the list? Worth $76.4 billion, Mexican mogul Carlos Slim Helu is the world's richest person with stakes in telecommunications, banking, mining, and several individual companies.