5 Eric Schmidt
What’s the big deal with Eric Schmidt? This software engineer is the executive chairman of Google. That’s pretty impressive, especially in tech-obsessed Silicon Valley. Schmidt can also boast that he co-authored the Lex analysis software program for the Unix operating system and that he once served as CEO of Novell. Schmidt has even spent time at Apple, serving on the company’s board of directors.
4 Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg is the leader of social media site Facebook. That makes him a star. He’s also young, and very, very wealthy. How wealthy? In 2013, his personal wealth was thought to be about $13 billion. And he hadn’t even turned 30 before amassing this wealth. What did you do in your 20s? Bet you didn’t nab $13 billion.
3 Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison cemented his spot as one of Silicon Valley’s most powerful people when he co-founded Oracle Corporation, one of the best-known software companies in the world. His estimated worth is a whopping $35 billion, so software, and Silicon Valley, have been very good to him.
2 Reid Hoffman
Do you know Reid Hoffman? You should. He’s one of the co-founders of business social media site LinkedIn. The Huffington Post calls him the world’s most powerful venture capitalist. The Huff Post also refers to him as the most-connected man in Silicon Valley. That’s high praise for this part of the world.
1 Tim Cook
Apple is arguably the world’s most powerful technology company. And the man at the head of that company is Tim Cook, who took over as CEO after the death of the legendary Steve Jobs. Apple faces increased competition from its rivals, but it, and Cook, remain two of the biggest names in the tech world.