John Tu

CATEGORY: Billionaires

INDUSTRY: Technology

COMPANY: Kingston Technology

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: This self-made billionaire co-founded Kingston with David Sun, which is currently the largest computer memory firm. When they sold an 80 percent stake in Kingston Technology in 1996 for $1.5 billion, they spent $100 million of it on lavish bonuses for their employees, with the average bonus exceeding $100,000.

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