|The business of Search has made quite a few people a lot of money. From those folks at Microsoft to the Google guys, over the past decade there have been a number of people who have done quite well as a result of the Search business. As of 2009, here is a look at the ten richest people in Search.
10 Richest People in Search
#10. Barry Diller - the CEO of IAC/InterActive Corp. parent company of ASK.com. At 67, Diller is still worth an impressive 1.15 billion US and ASK.com is the fourth most popular search engine in North America.
#9. Jerry Yang - Yahoo co-founder and CEO who stepped down in January 2009 is worth $1.3 billion.
#8. David Filo - co-founder of Yahoo worth $1.3 billion US down from his 2006 worth of about $2.4 billion. Tough times at Yahoo indeed.
#7. Kavitark Ram Shriram - an early investor in Google, Shriram is worth an estimated $1.4 billion. He still possesses $600 million worth of Google stock.
#6. Mark Zuckerberg - in his mid-twenties, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly worth an estimated $2 billion US. Facebook has grown in popularity and despite privacy concerns is still one of the most visited destinations on the Web. In early October, look for the movie The Social Network which depicts just how Zuckerberg and friends came up with the world's most popular social network.
#5. Eric Schmidt - the first of three Google guys on our list. Forbes deemed the CEO of Google to have a 2009 worth of $5.5 billion US. Schmidt was the 40th richest American in 2009.
#4. Steve Ballmer - anyone else find it interesting that the Google guys are roughly the same age as the Microsoft guys that are Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates? There have been a lot of successful duets in the world, but with an estimated worth of $13.3 billion, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is doing just fine. Ballmer was very outspoken in Microsoft's attempts to acquire Yahoo a few years back. It looks like he got his way after all. Microsoft's Bing is now fully powering Yahoo results as of last month.
#3. Larry Page - Google makes a lot of money. So much so that in a little over twelve years, the Google guys are tied for the distinction of being the 11th richest people in America. Do you think that Larry Page ever thought he would be one of the richest Americans as he started out with Sergey Brin working out of a garage in the late '90's? Google is still the juggernaut of Search. Don't look for this to change anytime soon.
#2. Sergey Brin - tied with his partner Larry Page for the 11th richest person in the US, the Google guys are worth an estimated $15.3 billion US each. Not bad for a guy in his mid-thirties.
#1. Bill Gates - in his early fifties and worth an estimated $50 billion US, Bill Gates is Mr. Microsoft. According to Forbes.com, Mr. Gates is America's richest person for the 16th straight year. Microsoft's search engine Bing has recently become the second most popular search engine of choice and is now powering Yahoo's search results. Bing is still a distant second to Google, but is gaining some ground on the search giant.
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