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Stat Watch: Wealthiest Webbies

Posted on 12.01.2015


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has the tech world's highest ratio of CEO pay to median worker pay - earning 615 times (or about $85 million) an average Microsoft worker's salary (or roughly $137,000) according to 2015 Glassdoor data.

While Nadella is not yet one of the richest people in tech (his initial pay package likely skewed the ratio), Oracle Executive Chairman Larry Ellison's pay ratio isn't far behind at 573:1.

Oracle's Ellison also sits second on a list of 100 tech billionaires and millionaires - with an estimated net worth of $50 billion. Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates tops the list ($80 billion). While tech titans like Amazon's Jeff Bezos ($48 billion), Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg ($41 billion) and Google's Larry Page ($33 billion) round out the top five wealthiest people in tech, there are some industry disruptors on the list who weren't there as recently as a year ago.

Uber Co-Founders Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick, for example, have a reported net worth of $6 billion each, but were not on any Forbes list prior to 2015, proving the tech industry is still quite lucrative for upstarts. This is especially true for software. In fact, Q3 2015 data from Pricewaterhouse Coopers indicates that despite being down 17 percent in the number of funding deals, the software industry receives the highest level of funding for all industries, receiving $5.8 billion going into 412 deals.


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