The richest people in tech

Who are the richest people in tech? Who has the most money in technology? Amazon boss Jeff Bezos overtook Microsoft founder Bill Gates to the top position as the richest man in the world - read on to find out who else has made the rich list.

This list is ranked by Forbes according to net worth. All figures are accurate as of the time of writing.

(Statistics taken at the time of writing from the Forbes real-time networth list: 2017 Ranking)

Jeff Bezos $98.8 billion (£73.20 billion)
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Jeff Bezos $98.8 billion (£73.20 billion)

Founder of Amazon.com Jeff Bezos is the king of ecommerce and his company is making an extremely strong play in the cloud computing market as well. He was also named number 17 on the world's most powerful list last year.

He is ranked 1st in the world's billionaires list.

Bill Gates, $90 billion (£66.68 billion)
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Bill Gates, $90 billion (£66.68 billion)

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been the richest man in the world for 16 of the past 21 years. Gates was also sixth on the most powerful people in the world list last year.

He is ranked 2nd in the world's billionaires list.

Mark Zuckerberg, $71.5 billion (£52.98 billion)
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Mark Zuckerberg, $71.5 billion (£52.98 billion)

The Facebook founder is even more wealthy since he took his company public in 2012. He was also named number 19 on the world's most powerful list last year and ranks 5th in the world's billionaires list.

Larry Ellison, $59.8 billion (£44.31 billion)
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Larry Ellison, $59.8 billion (£44.31 billion)

The former CEO of Oracle was the second richest in tech last year and is an avid sailboat racer. This year he ranks at 8th in the world's billionaires list.

Larry Page, $48.3 billion (£35.79 billion)
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Larry Page, $48.3 billion (£35.79 billion)

Alphabet's CEO Larry Page was named number 10 in the world's most powerful list last year.

He is ranked 12th in the world's billionaires list overall.

Sergey Brin $47 billion (£34.82 billion)
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Sergey Brin $47 billion (£34.82 billion)

Google's other co-founder now heads up special projects at the internet search giant. He was also named number 30 on the world's most powerful list last year, and currently ranks 13th in the world's billionaires list.

Jack Ma, $38.6 billion (£28.6 billion)
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Jack Ma, $38.6 billion (£28.6 billion)

Executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a conglomerate of Chinese e-commerce businesses, payment services, and cloud computing services. Ma has significantly increased his fortune from $10B in 2014.

He is ranked 7th in the world's billionaires list overall.

Steve Ballmer, $36.7 billion (£27.19 billion)
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Steve Ballmer, $36.7 billion (£27.19 billion)

No longer the CEO of Microsoft, Ballmer now sits on its board of directors. Ballmer is the largest individual shareholder in Microsoft, surpassing even Bill Gates.

He is ranked 21st in the world's billionaires list.

Masayoshi Son, $23.5 billion (£17.41 billion)
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Masayoshi Son, $23.5 billion (£17.41 billion)

The second -richest Japanese man in the world, according to Wikipedia. Son is the CEO and founder of SoftBank. His origin of wealth is due to his business in the internet and telecoms industry.

Son is ranked 37th in the world's billionaires list.

Michael Dell, $23.5 billion (£17.41 billion)
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Michael Dell, $23.5 billion (£17.41 billion)

The founder and CEO of Dell. Still hanging in there. He was also named number 59 on the world's most powerful list in 2015.

Michael Dell is ranked 38th in the world's billionaires list.

Paul Allen, $20.6 billion (£15.34 billion)
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Paul Allen, $20.6 billion (£15.34 billion)

The co-founder of Microsoft is now owner of the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks football franchise, and ranks 46th in the list of richest billionaires worldwide.

Lee Kun-Hee, $20.5 billion (£15.26 billion)
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Lee Kun-Hee, $20.5 billion (£15.26 billion)

Chairman of Samsung Electronics and a member of the International Olympic Committee, he is the third son of Samsung founder Lee Byung-chull.

He is ranked 47th in the world's billionaires list overall.

Elon Musk, $19.6 billion (£14.52 billion)
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Elon Musk, $19.6 billion (£14.52 billion)

Musk is the South African-born founder of PayPal and current CEO of both SpaceX, which is aiming to commercialize space flight, and Tesla Motors, maker of all-electric vehicles.

He is ranked 55th in the world's billionaires list.

William Ding, $19.5 billion (£14.45 billion)
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William Ding, $19.5 billion (£14.45 billion)

William Ding is founder and CEO of NetEase and was ranked 10th richest person in China last year. He is ranked 56th in the world's billionaires list overall.

Azim Premji, $19 billion (£14.08 billion)
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Azim Premji, $19 billion (£14.08 billion)

Premji is chairman of Indian IT consulting and outsourcing giant Wipro Limited, of which he owns 50 percent.

He is ranked 60th in the world's billionaires list.

Robin Li, $17 billion (£12.60 billion)
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Robin Li, $17 billion (£12.60 billion)

Li is founder of Chinese search engine Baidu, aka 'The Chinese Google'. He is ranked 74th on the world's billionaires list.

Zhang Zhidong, $14.8 billion (£10.97 billion)
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Zhang Zhidong, $14.8 billion (£10.97 billion)

Also known as Tony Zhang, Zhidong is Co-founder and former CTO of enormous Chinese company Tencent.

Zhidong is ranked 92nd in the world's billionaires list.

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