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MS execs top richest 100

Forbes ASAP ranks the 100 wealthiest technology executives; not suprisingly, Bill Gates tops the list.

    You don't have to be a college graduate to make millions--or even billions--in the digital age, and Microsoft's (MSFT) chairman and CEO has proven that time and again.

    The wealth of the technology gurus keeps on growing, and Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is ranked the wealthiest man in the industry with a net worth of over $38 billion, according to a ranking of the top 100 wealthiest individuals in technology compiled by Forbes ASAP, a supplement to Forbes magazine.

    But more than just topping the technology moneymaker list, Gates is considered one of the wealthiest men in history, according to the report.

    The top ten wealthiest individuals include Gates, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, and its executive vice president, Steve Ballmer; Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison; Intel (INTC) cofounder Gordon Moore; Dell Computer (DELL) founder and CEO Michael Dell; Hewlett Packard (HWP) cofounder William Hewlett; Gateway 2000 (GTW) CEO Ted Waitt; PeopleSoft's (PSFT) chairman and CEO David Duffield; and Computer Associates (CA) chairman and CEO Charles Wang.

    While those are the top ten richest individuals in technology, the span of wealth among them is wide. Gates's fortune is totaled at $38.66 billion, about 32 times greater than Wang's tenth-place holdings of $1.2 billion.

    The Forbes ASAP top 100 included individuals and wealth associated with information technology companies that were public as of July 28, 1997, excluding telecommunications and biotechnology companies.

    Other top names making the big bucks in the top 25 slots included Jim Clark, Netscape Communications' (NSCP) founder and chairman. He made the No. 15 slot with a fortune valued at $597 million. Steve Jobs, Apple Computer's (AAPL) cofounder and interim CEO, took the No. 17 slot with $513.8 million.

    Sun Microsystems (SUNW) CEO Scott McNealy ranked 22nd with $417 million, while Jeffrey Bezos, CEO of the newly public company Amazon.com, (AMZN) ranked 25th with $275.5 million.