Name:

Tom Perkins

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Company:

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Year:

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What makes them haute:

One of Silicon Valley’s pioneers, Perkins’ venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was an early backer of Genentech, Netscape, and Google. He is now, or has been, a director of the following firms: Acuson, Applied Materials, Compaq, CorningWorks, Genentech, Hewlett Packard, Hybritech, LSI Logic, News Corporation, Philips Electronics NV, Spectra-Physics, Symantec, and Tandem Computers. Not one to slow down, when he turned 70 several years ago, he decided to build a mega-yacht in the world, the 289-foot Maltese Falcon, which he sold in 2009 for around $90 million.