July 28, 2021

Tech billionaires all saw their fortunes rise in 2019 except Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

So far, 2019 has been a good year for the big tech bosses. The world’s 20 richest tech billionaires have all seen their fortunes rise massively in 2019, with one exception. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos had a very expensive divorce from MacKenzie Bezos, which caused his fortune to decline in 2019. This is the main reason he lost money, but he remains still at the top of the billionaire ranking.

We’ve compiled the list of the 20 richest tech billionaires in the world, based on Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, which ranks the richest people on the planet daily. The figures presented in this article are from October 30, 2019.

20. Tencent founder Zhang Zhidong’s fortune increased by 164 million euros


Also known as Tiny Zhang, the Chinese businessman is the co-founder and former technical director of Tencent, the Chinese tech conglomerate, recently embroiled in the Blizzard controversy, which banned a Hong sympathizer Kong to participate in his future video game tournaments (Tencent partly owns Activision Blizzard, Blizzard’s parent company).

Total wealth: € 12.26 billion
Evolution in 2019: + 164 million euros

Europe’s only tech multi-billionaire, Hasso Plattner, won € 2.49m

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Hasso Plattner co-founded German giant SAP, the world’s fourth largest software publisher. Even though Bill McDermott announced his resignation as CEO of SAP in October, after nearly a decade in the role, he left the company on a high note, as the company’s shares climbed 21 % in the last year and 75% in the last six years.

Total wealth: € 13.16 billion
Evolution in 2019: + € 2.49 million

Fortunes of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt increased by € 2 billion

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Eric Schmidt has turned the page on the private sector, having served as CEO of Google for most of the 2000s and then Executive Chairman of Alphabet from 2015 to 2017. He now heads the Innovation Advisory Board of US Department of Defense.

Total wealth: € 13.16 billion
Evolution in 2019: + € 2.49 million

17. Shiv Nadar, founder of Indian multinational IT services company HCL Technologies, won € 2 billion

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Shiv Nadar is the founder and executive chairman of HCL, an Indian IT and consulting company founded in 1976. His company has a profitable year after US tech giant IBM sold part of its software business to HCL at to the tune of $ 1.8 billion at the end of 2018.

Total wealth: € 14.14 billion
Evolution in 2019: + 2 billion euros

16. Chinese mobile gaming mogul Ding Lei’s fortune increased by 2.7 billion euros

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Ding Lei – also known as William Ding – is the founder and CEO of NetEase, a Guangzhou-based tech conglomerate that owns one of the world’s largest mobile game companies. Even if NetEase continues to prosper, its close relationship with the American video game company Blizzard, in the midst of a controversy, is unlikely to help it improve its image in the West.

Total wealth: € 15.23 billion
Evolution in 2019: + 2.7 billion euros

15. Takemitsu Takizaki, Keyence’s discreet billionaire, saw his fortune increase by almost 3 billion euros

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Takemitsu Takizaki is really low key with the media – so much so that there aren’t many photos of the billionaire going around.

His company Keyence specializes in sensors and other electronic equipment for industrial automation. The company’s privacy policy and his refusal to speak to the press created a lot of mystery around Keyence, but it didn’t necessarily serve to improve his image.

Total wealth: € 16.48 billion
Evolution in 2019: + € 2.99 billion

14. Azim Premji founded the Indian consulting company Wipro and saw his fortune increase by 2.21 billion euros.

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Azim Premji is the head of the Indian tech conglomerate Wipro, based in Bangalore, specializing in IT services, consulting and business processes.

Total wealth: € 17.74 billion
Evolution in 2019: + € 2.21 billion

13. Colin Huang is an unknown outside of China, but he won a jackpot of 8.39 billion euros


It wouldn’t be lying to say that outside of China hardly anyone has heard of Pinduoduo, an online shopping platform founded and run by Colin Huang. But that hasn’t stopped Colin Huang from nearly doubling his fortune during the company’s meteoric rise.

Total wealth: € 18.81 billion
Evolution in 2019: + 8.39 billion euros

12. Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk increased his fortune by 1.6 billion euros

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Elon Musk isn’t known for setting down goals for himself, but he has largely delivered on his grandiose promises this year, breaking car delivery records in 2019.

Despite his enormous fortune, the Silicon Valley boss claimed he was strapped for cash.

Total wealth: 23.11 billion euros
Evolution in 2019: + 1.6 billion euros

11. Michael Dell’s fortune increased by 2.68 billion euros

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Michael Dell is the founder and CEO of the IT company that bears his name, Dell. The company withdrew its listing in 2013, but returned to the stock market in December 2018.

Total wealth: € 27.95 billion
Evolution in 2019: + € 2.68 billion

10. Tencent CEO Pony Ma won 554 million euros

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As CEO of Chinese conglomerate Tencent, Pony Ma is Jack Ma’s big rival on the Chinese tech scene (the two are unrelated). Tencent has a variety of businesses, but the company is arguably best known in the West as the driving force behind WeChat, the instant messaging app that’s ubiquitous in China.

Total wealth: € 29.5 billion
Evolution in 2019: + 554 million euros

9. MacKenzie Bezos found herself catapulted onto the billionaire list after her divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, earning € 31.74 billion

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MacKenzie Bezos became one of the richest women in the world after her divorce from the founder of Amazon. She played a key role in founding Amazon, traveling across the country with her then husband as he made a business plan.

Total wealth: € 31.74 billion
Evolution in 2019: + 31.74 billion euros

8. The fortune of Alibaba founder Jack Ma increased by 5.34 billion euros

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Despite his decision to devote himself full-time to philanthropy in September, the charismatic mastermind behind Alibaba continued to profit from his 6% stake in the e-commerce giant.

Total wealth: 37.3 billion euros
Evolution in 2019: + 5.34 billion euros

7. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Earned $ 12.82 Billion

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Steve Ballmer has diversified his business activities since he stepped down from Microsoft’s executive board five years ago, and he now owns the Los Angeles Clippers, a basketball team playing in the NBA.

Total wealth: € 47.52 billion
Evolution in 2019: + 12.82 billion euros

6. Google co-founder Sergey Brin saw his fortune increase by 8.53 billion euros

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In 2019, Alphabet’s president cemented his place in the top six richest people in the world. The fine of 1.5 billion euros imposed by the European Commission on Google in March for its “abusive” advertising practices was the third in three years, but the founder’s fortune remains intact.

Total wealth: € 53.26 billion
Evolution in 2019: + 8.53 billion euros

5. Oracle founder Larry Ellison saw his fortune increase by 9.33 billion euros

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The Oracle co-founder, CEO and CTO has had a very successful year for his personal fortune after Oracle posted total revenues of $ 8.25 billion in the first quarter of its fiscal year 2019 to 2020.

Total wealth: € 53.53 billion
Evolution in 2019: + 9.33 billion euros

4. The other Google co-founder, Larry Page, earned 8.89 billion euros

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Like the other Google co-founder, the CEO of Alphabet added nearly $ 9 billion to his fortune after the company continued its incredible race for profits. In the second quarter of 2019 alone, Alphabet made 8.23 ​​billion euros in profit.

Total wealth: € 54.88 billion
Evolution in 2019: + € 8.89 billion

3. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Won € 18.56 Billion In Consolation Prize After A Difficult Year For His Image With Users


Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune increased by more than 40% in 2019, despite a difficult year for Facebook in terms of public image. Its Libra cryptocurrency project has lost a quarter of its initial backers, and the company remains embroiled in questions about how much influence it might have on the U.S. election. Still, Facebook’s grip on online advertising and people’s attention keeps investors coming back for more.

Total wealth: € 65.19 billion
Evolution in 2019: + € 18.56 billion

2. Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates saw his fortune increase by € 15.78 billion


The Microsoft founder briefly overtook Jeff Bezos as the richest person in the world in October, but he lost that title again. Still, the 64-year-old’s fortune has skyrocketed this year, even though he is said to have donated more than $ 35 billion to charities in 2019.

Total wealth: 94.84 billion euros
Evolution in 2019: + € 15.78 billion

1. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos lost 13.36 billion euros but still remains the richest person in the world


Even as Jeff Bezos retains his title as the richest man in the world, the Amazon CEO’s fortune has taken a hit this year, largely due to his divorce fees from ex-wife MacKenzie in June. amounting to more than 34 billion euros.

Total wealth: 98.64 billion euros
Evolution in 2019: – 13.36 billion euros

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