THE world’s richest tech billionaire’s have been making money in their sleep as astonishing figures show their pay-packets have skyrocketed – Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos have enjoyed an increase of £12 billion each.
While their collective wealth surpassed $1 trillion for the first time according to Forbes, Bill Gates topped the leaderboard with his staggering wealth of £65.9 billion.
The co-founder of Microsoft – dubbed Harvard’s most successful dropout – held the top spot despite making his largest donation to charity a few weeks ago worth £3.5 billion.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, 53 reportedly surpassed Gates in top position for a few hours in late July, but quickly dropped behind.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is the third richest tech billionaire despite being the fifth youngest on the list.
The Facebook CEO is said to be rumoured to be eyeing a role in politics, as his foundation reportedly hired several heavy-weight political advisers on his charity’s board.
He is £12.1 billion richer than he was last year as Facebook stock has soared by 34 per cent over the last 12 months.
With at least one quarter of the world’s population using Facebook, Zuckerberg’s fortune is estimated to be £54.2 billion.
America dominates the world’s richest in tech list followed by China as 50 members are US citizens, including eight of the top 10 richest.
Nearly three-quarters of those Americans live in California, it was revealed.
Thirty-three billionaires on the list are Asian citizens with more than half of them living in China or Hong Kong.
But 11 of the 100 richest tech billionaires got poorer over the past year. The biggest dollar loser was China’s Lei Jun, whose net worth dropped £2.2 billion ($2.9 billion).
Uber’s Garrett Camp also saw his net worth drop, but by £3.9 billion, after a tumultuous year.
Earlier this month, Sun Online revealed an Uber Eats customer received her meal delivered with a few bites missing.
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Only 16 billionaires are under the age of 40, the youngest is Evan Spiegel co-founder of Snap, at the ripe age of 27 with a wealth of $3.2 billion.
Alongside his co-founder Bobby Murphy, 29 the second youngest they are both tied at 76th place.
There are six women on the list including Zhou Qunfei worth £7.8 billion in the rankings.
She is followed by Lam Wai Ying at £4 billion, Denise Coates at £2.8 billion, Judy Faulkner at £2.65 billion, Meg Whitman at £2.1 billion.
Last year, Stoke-on-Trent born Coates was branded Britian’s highest paid businesswoman.
The third and fourth biggest gainers are Asia’s Ma Huateng, CEO of Terncent and Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba.
Huteng is Asia’s second richest tycoon with a net worth of £26.2 billion and Ma’s fortune is a respectable £29.4 billion.