They currently rule the world, yet we don’t really know much about the most popular tech entrepreneurs out there. They are the centre of attention and some of the richest people on earth… still, they know how to keep their personal lives hidden and discrete. But, just like any other person, they have their own quirks and weak spots… Here’s my list, in no particular order! 

Elon Musk

“It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.”
Position: Tesla Motors, SpaceX Founder and CEO

Why He’s On The List:  The South African entrepreneur is known for Tesla Motors, famous for the first fully electric sports car. He is also famous for being a co-founder of PayPal. His company, X.com merged with Confininty Inc. to eventually become the PayPal we know today. Even before PayPal, he already had an Internet-based company with Zip2, a business directory for newspapers, which he sold to Compaq in 1999.

Today, along with Tesla Motors, he is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, a civilian space transport company known as the first privately funded company to launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft and send one to the International Space Station. He also provided the concept for SolarCity, a solar energy company, and is promoting his idea for Hyperloop, a high-speed transportation system.

Position: Uber co-founder and CEO

Why He’s On The List: Uber is crushing it. The on-demand car service is reportedly eyeing a $50 billion valuation. But there have been roadblocks, including pushback from legislators. Throughout what has become a series of setbacks, Kalanick has remained bullish on his company’s mission. “As the challenges to Uber’s business model continues, Kalanick’s vocal defence of his company will be vital in ensuring that Uber is not quashed by unsettled firms or unfriendly legislation,” the report reads.

Travis Kalanick

“Ultimately, progress and innovation win.”

Jack Ma

“If You Don’t Give Up, You Still Have A Chance… Giving Up Is The Greatest Failure.”
Position: Alibaba co-founder and CEO

Why He’s On The List: Alibaba is one of the world’s most successful e-commerce businesses, but Ma he isn’t content to stop there. He has indicated that Alibaba will develop its own mobile OS to promote its services, and “having previously stated that he was dissatisfied with the company’s penetration of the mobile Internet, Ma drove the mobile-first imperative into Alibaba’s growth strategy.”

As of February 2018, he is one of China’s richest men with a net worth of US$41.3 billion, as well as one of the wealthiest people in the world

Position: Amazon founder and CEO

Why He’s On The ListSince founding Amazon in 1994, Bezos shaped the company into a powerhouse by aggressively pursuing a growth over profits strategy and pushing the company to expand into new sectors and develop far-ranging initiatives, including original TV content and unlimited eBook access.

Jeff Bezos

“If you decide that you’re going to do only the things you know are going to work, you’re going to leave a lot of opportunity on the table.”

Lei Jun

“Things get much easier if one jumps on the bandwagon of existing trends.”
Position: Xiaomi co-founder and CEO

Why He’s On The ListDubbed as ‘Steve Jobs of China’, Lei Jun is the founder of Xiaomi Inc, one of the biggest tech companies in China. Xiaomi, the fastest growing smartphone in the world, is now the third largest in terms of sales volume, just behind Samsung and Apple. Lei rose to prominence by designing high-quality smartphones while keeping margins low. In recent years, he has overseen the company as it has developed a range of new products, including a wearable device, a tablet and a smart TV.

Position: Facebook Co-Founder and CEO

Why He’s On The List: Have you ever wondered why Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg wears the same grey Facebook T-shirt almost every day? Apparently, he’s so busy that he can’t waste valuable time on deciding what to wear. Together with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, he launched Facebook from Harvard’s dormitory rooms on February 4, 2004. The group then introduced Facebook to other college campuses. Facebook expanded rapidly, reaching one billion users by 2012. May his quotes inspire you to chase your dreams and a make a difference. Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth is estimated to be US$72.5 billion as of March 5, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

Drew Houston

“No one is born a CEO, but no one tells you that.”
Position: Dropbox Founder and CEO

Why He’s On The List: The founder and CEO of Dropbox, the popular cloud computing service, is a supporter of Code.org and encourages people to learn how to code. Before he graduated from MIT, Houston scored a high score of 1600 on the SATs exam and after that, he worked for many start-ups including Bit9, Accolade and Hubspot. Now at the age of 32, his net worth is 1.3 billion dollars.

Position: Instagram Co-Founder and CEO

Why He’s On The List: Did you know Kevin Systrom almost worked at Facebook? Just before he became the co-founder and CEO of Instagram, Kevin Systrom was approached by Mark Zuckerberg to join Facebook. Little did he know though that a few years later Facebook would buy the photo-sharing social network for a billion dollars. Clearly, Kevin Systrom strongly believes in his abilities and why shouldn’t he? As he states, he’s dangerous enough to code and sociable enough to sell his company. Systrom has a Net worth estimated at $1.2 billion

Kevin Systrom

“If you’ve got an idea, start today. There’s no better time than now to get going. That doesn’t mean quit your job and jump into your idea 100% from day one, but there’s always small progress that can be made to start the movement.”

Bill Gates

“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
Position: Microsoft Co-founder and CEO

Why He’s On The List: Apart from the fact that he is the co-founder of Microsoft, the most successful tech company on planet earth and the second-richest man in the world, Bill Gates has his own quirkiness. Back in the 80s he once got arrested for driving without a license and running a red light in Mexico. As an adventurous man, he also used to be flying coach until 1997 piloting a plane he called his ‘big splurge’. From 1995 to 2017, he held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world all but four of those years and held it consistently from March 2014 – July 2017, with an estimated net worth of US$89.9 billion as of October 2017. He stepped down as chairman of Microsoft in February 2014 and assumed a new post as technology adviser to support the newly appointed CEO, Satya Nadella.

Position: Google Co-Founder and President

Why He’s On The List: As it turns out, Google co-founder, Sergey Brin is a work-out fanatic. Apparently, Brin believes that people need to work both mind and body in order to be able to develop and succeed. Hence when he’s not working on a big Google project – like utilizing the self-driving car, he can be found at the gym. Brin Co-found Google in 1998 along with Larry Page and as of December 2017, Google has over 80,110 employees.  As of February 2018, Brin is the 13th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$49.5 billion

Sergey Brin

“Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems.”