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The 20 Richest Tech Billionaires In 2021: Forbes

Gina Narcisi

Despite many industries taking a financial hit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 20 tech and telecom executives cracked the top 75 of the richest people in the world this year.

Jeff Bezos

Worth: $177 billion

Overall rank: #1

Bezos, who founded e-commerce giant Amazon in 1994 out of his garage in Seattle, took the top spot as the world’s richest person in 2021 for the fourth year in a row. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a significant uptick in online shopping and has significantly driven up Amazon’s profits over the last year. The company’s cloud unit, Amazon Web Services, has benefitted from the world’s increased reliance on cloud computing to power the world’s online infrastructure during the pandemic. Bezos will step down as CEO and become executive chairman in late 2021.

 

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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