Every year that Forbes draws up a list of the World’s Richest Billionaires, there’s one name that always scales up the chart – tech genius Bill Gates. The Microsoft founder has topped the list 17 of the past 22 years, including this year, since 1987. But he’s not the only tech guy on the list. This year we see names like Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.com and Larry Ellison of Oracle Corporation hogging up space in the top 10. This only goes to say that it pays to be a techie and it damn right pays well! Here’s looking at the rest of the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people and spotting the richest Indian tech billionaires. Here are the men who made a billion dollar fortune off technology.
Azim Premji
azeem premji He’s the founder and chairman of Wipro, India's third-largest software exporter. He’s been nicknamed as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry. Global ranking: 55 Net worth: $15 billion
Shiv Nadar
shiv nader He’s the founder and chairman of HCL, India's fourth-largest software services exporter. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his efforts in the IT industry. Global ranking – 88 Net worth - $11.1 billion Also Read: Show Biz to Tech Biz: 8 Celebs Who’ve Invested in Tech
N.R. Narayana Murthy
N.R. Narayana Murthy He’s the co-founder of Infosys, India's second-largest software services exporter. He’s also listed among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune magazine and has been described as the Father of Indian IT sector by Time magazine. Murthy is also a Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri award winner. Global ranking - 959 Net worth - $1.9 billion
Kris Gopalakrishnan
Kris Gopalakrishnan He’s one of the seven co-founders of Infosys and is its Executive Vice Chairman currently. He was elected as the President of India's apex industry chamber 'Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)' for the year 2013-14. Global ranking - 1121 Net worth - $1.6 billion
Nandan Nilekani
Nandan Nilekani He’s is one of the co-founders of Infosys and was the chief executive officer as well. Post a successful career at Infosys, he headed TAGUP, the Indian Government’s technology committee. Global ranking – 1121 Net worth - $1.6 billion
Binny Bansal
Binny Bansal He’s the co-founder of the e-commerce platform Flipkart and the chief operating officer too. Before Flipkart, he was employed with Amazon for nine months and prior to that was rejected by Goggle twice. Global ranking – 1476 Net worth - $1.2 billion
Sachin Bansal
Sachin Bansal He’s the other co-founder of Flipkart along with Binny Bansal. He was awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the year’ by ET Awards (2012–2013). Global ranking – 1476 Net worth - $1.2 billion
K Dinesh
K Dinesh He’s another co-founder of Infosys but stepped down from the board to focus on philanthropy. Along with this wife Asha, he has funded a new cancer centre at the Narayana Health Hospital in Mysore. Global ranking – 1476 Net worth - $1.2 billion
S.D. Shibulal
S.D. Shibulal He’s the co-founder of Infosys and was its chief executive officer from 2011 to 2014. He also serves on board of the foundation, Globethics.net, the Seoul International Business Advisory Council (SIBAC) and the Global Corporate Governance Forum’s Private Sector Advisory Group. Global ranking – 1577 Net worth - $1.1 billion Cover Image via newsmobile.in; Images via cloudfront.net, myventure.in, ndtv.com, livemint.com, deccanchronicle.com