The internet has created some of the world's youngest billionaires, possibly in the shortest possible time scale, ever.
The richest are Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the pair who set up Google in the late 1990s. They went from PhD students to (paper) billionaires in about five years.
The youngest is 25-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, founder of social networking site Facebook, who has returned to the billionaire list in 2010 after dropping out in 2009 amid the economic downturn.
As part of
- a season of programmes exploring the power of the internet - BBC News lists the top 26 richest internet entrepreneurs according to the latest Forbes ranking, released this week.
Worth (billions of US $)
Founded Amazon in a Seattle garage
Google's grown-up chief executive
Controls Japanese internet and telecom firm SoftBank
French-born immigrant launched online auction site in 1995
Runs Japan's leading online shopping mall
Brought online investing to the masses
Founded Facebook in early 2004 while at Harvard university
Runs China's most popular online chat service
Co-founded China's most popular search site Baidu
Former bar tender who sold internet video website to Yahoo for 5.7bn
Ebay's first president and full-time employee. Now a film producer
Founded China's no.2 online game company. Once China's richest man
BechtolsheimAndreas von Bechtolsheim
His initial $100,000 stake in Google made him a billionaire
Stanford professor who introduced Google's co founders to each other
Founder of Giant Interactive, one of China's most successful online game companies
Founded the second most popular social networking site in Japan - Gree
Met Yahoo co-founder Yang at Stanford University
Former eBay chief, now running for California govenor
Turned internet directory project into Yahoo portal
Held posts at Oracle and Apple before launching Salesforce.com
Co-founded broadcast.com with friend Mark Cuban
The first outside investor in Facebook 2004. He also co-founded paypal
Founder, chairman and chief executive of internet business Alibaba
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