Billionaire’s Club Goes High-Tech

If you’re interested in seeing whether you made it into the Billionaire’s Club, you can see an AP report with all 465 names at The Washington Post and CBS MarketWatch sites. Three of the top four richest people on earth (excluding dictators and royalty) earned their bankrolls at Microsoft: Bill Gates (US$90 billion), Paul Allen ($30 billion) and Steve Ballmer ($19.5 billion). Michael Dell ranks seventh with $16.5 billion, just ahead of five Wal-Mart heirs. Wal-Mart, which sells just about everything, may be a role model for Dell, which sells not only Dell hardware online, but now software and also plans, according to, to go into auctions. Can sundries and bedding be far behind?

Other tech billionaires include Intel cofounder Gordon Moore at No. 21 with $10.9 billion, Priceline’s Jay Walker, worth $10.2 billion, and just behind him master bookseller Jeff Bezos and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, each worth $10.1 billion. In the $7 to $10 billion range are Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Viacom’s Sumner Redstone, and Italian media magnate Silvio Berlusconi, all ranking in the 30s.