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Monday, December 26, 2011

100 Richest Internet Entrepreneurs

This has been a very revealing list to put together, because the majority of these companies have a lot in common, and almost all of them are run by men. The men vs. women argument has been around on this site for a while, usually whenever we put up top lists of people, and the women are noticeably absent. There’s no arguing with the facts in this post though; there are a few brilliant women here, but the list is dominated by men.


One thing that stands out from my findings is that the biggest websites have a lot of very rich people involved. This tells me two things, firstly, it takes a lot of people, and a lot of investment to succeed, and that when a site does take off, it takes a lot of people with it. The exception to this rule is number 1 in our list, and that’s Jeff Bezos. He’s made a remarkable amount of money, and remained the only person from Amazon on the list. He’s the richest person on this list, but that’s only because Google was a partnership between Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and if they had been a single person, they would blown everyone else out of the water.


The asian market have brought some really heavy hitters in the form of Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, Rakuten. Rakuten in particular are experiencing a huge international growth as they try to expand into the e-commerce market around the world with the purchase of website such as play.com and the French priceminister.com.


Having researched every single person on this list, I feel like I know most of them pretty well now, and one thing I will say is that, for the most part, a good education has played a big part in their success. A lot of the people here went to very prestigious schools, or were naturally gifted from a very young age. That’s especially true for the younger people on the list, as the wealth of some of the people under the age of 30 in this list is really quite staggering.


To create a list of the definitive top 100 richest internet entrepreneurs would be almost impossible, as that sort of information just isn’t readily available, so this list is more of a selection of the richest public figures on the internet. There’s a lot to be learnt by comparing the ways, and the speed in which these entrepreneurs have made their immense wealth, so have a look look at the trivia section for more details.

Rank PhotoNameAge WorthWebsiteTriviaJeff Bezos 100 Richest Internet EntrepreneursHuateng is the founder of Tencent, which started out as China's answer to AOL. Their services offer a wide variety of virtual products, from online games to instant messaging and social networking. This has made Ma Huateng one of Time's most powerful people in China. Xavier Niel 100 Richest Internet Entrepreneurs 

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