Meet Today’s Top Tech Industry Billionaires

This issue reveals 12 of today’s richest (and most influential, for that matter) technology heavyweights, from the founders of Facebook and Twitter to those of YouTube and Zynga. Along with each one’s age, net worth, and the business behind their big money, find out what they were doing before they hit it big.

Reed Hastings

Age: 50

Estimated Net Worth: $150 million

The Moneymaker: Netflix

“Background: Reed Hastings is the powerhouse behind Netflix, which single-handedly changed the way the world watches TV and movies. Hastings grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts and loved to climb and canoe; this adventurous spirit led him to join the Peace Corps, teaching math in Swaziland after graduating from Bowdoin College. Upon his return to the United States, Hastings earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and went on to found Netflix in 1997. Before his foray into the world of streaming movies and television shows online, Hastings was CEO of Pure Atria Software, which was sold for $750 million in 1997.”

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