Have you ever pondered from where all the business executives gathered their wealth? Well, some have inherited it, while some of them have made it through their willpower and hard work. Let’s take a look at the Top 50 Richest Executives, and see how they have attained this level.
1. Laurene Powell Jobs
Net Worth: $19.7 billion
Laurene Powell Jobs is a business executive, philanthropist and widow of Steve Jobs. She is the former CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc., who has a net worth of $19.7 billion. Laurene has largely devoted herself to philanthropy. She is the founder and sits in the chair of Emerson Collective, and also co-founded the ‘College Track’, which provides college facilities for the youth belonging to low-income families. She is the co-founder of Terravera, an organic food company. She is associated with a number of charitable organizations and is one of the members of the Board for EdVoice, Teach for America, New America Foundation, Global Fund for Women, Foundation for Excellence in Education and Stanford Schools Corporation. In 2010, Laurene was appointed by the President Barack Obama as one of the members of the White House Council for Community Solutions in order to give advice to the President on ways to solve social challenges, like education and employment, among the communities throughout America.
2. David de Rothschild
Net Worth: $10 billion
David Mayer de Rothschild is a British adventurer and environmentalist, who possess a fortune of $10 billion. He heads a charitable organization, called ‘Sculpt the Future Foundation’, which aims to spread environmental education through new and creative methods. He also founded Myoo Agency, a marketing agency that works and coordinates with corporations in order to follow sustainable practices, as well as promoting sustainable means of communication. Rothschild wrote several books on the environment, such as ‘The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills to Stop Climate Change- Or Live Through It’ and ‘The Boy The Girl the Tree’, an action graphic novel. He was also the consultant editor of ‘Earth Matters: An Encyclopedia of Ecology’. Besides, he also made an eight-series film showing the use and impact of household items on the environment, called “Eco Trip: The Real Cost of Living”. In 2009, the United Nations Environment Program named him as the ‘‘Climate Hero’’.
3. Dustin Moskovitz
Net Worth: $14.9 billion
Dustin Moskovitz is one of the co-founders of Facebook. Owning a wealth of $14.9 billion, he is also the founder and CEO of Asana, a mobile and web application to improve people’s way of collaborating and managing with other groups and projects. In 2011, Dustin was named among the youngest billionaire of the world by Forbes. He has also invested in a photo-sharing website, called Path, which is owned by David Morin, a former member of Facebook. Dustin still owns 7.5 million of stake in Facebook. Besides entrepreneurship, he also practices philanthropy and along with his fiancee Cari Tuna, he co-founded ‘Good Ventures’, an organization which researches on charities and publishes their grants. They also announced a partnership with ‘GiveWell’, an American charity evaluator. Moskivitz also supports the ‘Giving Pledge’.
4. Andy Bechtolsheim
Net Worth: $6.6 billion
With a net worth of $6.6 billion, Andy Bechtolsheim is a computer engineer and the co-founder of Sun Microsystems. He is the first investor in Google, Inc. Andy has also founded a number of other companies, as well. In 1995, he founded Granite Systems, a company which developed network switches, and it was later acquired by the Cisco Systems. In 2001, he founded Kealia, Inc. In 2005, he launched Arastra, a networking firm. Apart from business ventures, he also invested in several companies, such as Google, Tapulous, Moovweb and Claria Corporation. Bechtolsheim is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 1999, he was honoured with a Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation.
5. Sean Parker
Net Worth: $2.6 billion
Sean Parker is an American internet entrepreneur, the first President of Facebook and the co-founder of Napster, a file sharing website. Through his business, he amassed a wealth of $2.6 billion. Parker also served as the co-founder of websites, like ‘Plaxo’- an online address book and social networking platform, as well as ‘Airtime.com’- a live video website. He also co-founded ‘Causes’- an online fundraising application, which uses social media in order to facilitate communication between charities and donators. Currently, Parker serves as an investor and is one of the Board members of a Swedish company, Spotify- a music streaming service. Added to his private fortunes is a lavish five storied mansion, called ‘The Bacchus House’. The billionaire drives a Tesla Electric sports car. He also serves as a managing partner at the ‘Founders Fund’- a capital fund investor. Parker practices philanthropy as well, and donated to various causes, like providing water, anti-malaria groups, and to aid cancer research.