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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet
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Laurene Powell Jobs
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This story originally appeared on Business Insider

Nearly a fifth of the world's 100 richest billionaires made their fortune in tech or have significant interests in the sector. That's according to the latest Sunday Times Rich List, Britain's definitive guide to the wealthiest people on the planet. 

The Sunday Times list features some familiar tech faces, including bonafide Silicon Valley superstars and those who have made their fortune in China and beyond. 

The accumulated wealth of the 19 people on the list stands at more than the GDP of Switzerland, and they run some of the most influential companies on the planet. 

Scroll through these slides to see the 19 richest tech billionaires on the planet, ranked in ascending order.

These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

19. Zhang Zhidong, cofounder of Tencent Holdings

19. Zhang Zhidong, cofounder of Tencent Holdings
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His net worth is $15.8 billion. Also known as Tony Zhang, he was CTO of Chinese giant Tencent until 2014.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

18. William Ding, founder and CEO of NetEase

18. William Ding, founder and CEO of NetEase
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Ding's net worth is $17.5 billion. He founded NetEase in 1997, and it is now one of the world's biggest mobile games businesses.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

17. Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs

17. Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs
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Her net worth is $18.9 billion. Lauren Powell founded social impact enterprise Emerson Collective and was recently rumoured to be in talks to back BuzzFeed’s news division.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

16. Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro Limited

16. Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro Limited
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His net worth is $18.9 billion. Premji is known as the czar of the Indian IT industry.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

15. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX

15. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX
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Musk's net worth is $20 billion. Musk also runs tunnel infrastructure firm The Boring Company.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

14. Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft

14. Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft
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Allen's net worth is $21.9 billion. As well as setting up Microsoft with Bill Gates, he is owner of NFL's Seattle Seahawks.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

13. Lee Kun-Hee, chairman of Samsung Group

13. Lee Kun-Hee, chairman of Samsung Group
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The third son of Samsung founder Lee Byung-chul, Lee Kun-Hee's net worth is $22.5 billion.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

12. Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Technologies

12. Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Technologies
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His net worth is $22.8 billion. Dell is the world's largest privately held technology company.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

11. Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of SoftBank

11. Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of SoftBank
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The founder and CEO's net worth is $22.8 billion. SoftBank has a huge $100 billion tech investment fund.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

10. Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO

10. Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO
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Ballmer's net worth is $38.5 billion. He now owns NBA's Los Angeles Clippers.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

9. Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group

9. Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group
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Ma's net worth is $39.2 billion. Alibaba is China's biggest e-commerce company.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

8. Pony Ma Huateng, CEO of Tencent

8. Pony Ma Huateng, CEO of Tencent
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The CEO of Tencent's net worth is $45.6 billion. Ma is now China's richest man.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

7. Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google

7. Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google
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His net worth is $47.2 billion. Brin is president of Google's parent company, Alphabet.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

6. Larry Page, cofounder of Google

6. Larry Page, cofounder of Google
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Page's net worth is $47.8 billion. He was Google's first CEO until 2001.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

5. Larry Ellison, executive chairman of Oracle

5. Larry Ellison, executive chairman of Oracle
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Ellison cofounded Oracle in 1977 and still works as the firm's CTO. His net worth is $58.8 billion.

These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

5. Carlos Slim Helú, director of America Movil

5. Carlos Slim Helú, director of America Movil
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Helú's net worth is $67.5 billion. He used to own a $40 million stake in Shazam and, among a number of assets, controls South American music streaming service Claro Música.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

3. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

3. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
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The founder of Facebook's net worth is $71.4 billion. 

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

2. Bill Gates, cofounder of Microsoft

2. Bill Gates, cofounder of Microsoft
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Gates' net worth is $90.5 billion. He now focuses on philanthropy through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet

1. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

1. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
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Bezos is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $112.6 billion. He has built a retail empire. 

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  • These Are the 19 Richest Tech Billionaires on the Planet
  • 1. 19. Zhang Zhidong, cofounder of Tencent Holdings
  • 2. 18. William Ding, founder and CEO of NetEase
  • 3. 17. Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs
  • 4. 16. Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro Limited
  • 5. 15. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX
  • 6. 14. Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft
  • 7. 13. Lee Kun-Hee, chairman of Samsung Group
  • 8. 12. Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Technologies
  • 9. 11. Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of SoftBank
  • 10. 10. Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO
  • 11. 9. Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group
  • 12. 8. Pony Ma Huateng, CEO of Tencent
  • 13. 7. Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google
  • 14. 6. Larry Page, cofounder of Google
  • 15. 5. Larry Ellison, executive chairman of Oracle
  • 16. 5. Carlos Slim Helú, director of America Movil
  • 17. 3. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
  • 18. 2. Bill Gates, cofounder of Microsoft
  • 19. 1. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
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