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12. Steve Ballmer - CEO, Microsoft, LA Clippers owner. Ranked number 21 in the world with a net worth of $31.6 billion

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Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith holds up an ACRS2 device by ADAPTRUM used in TV White Space communications as he speaks in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, about Microsoft's project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the U.S. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith speaks in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, about Microsoft's project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the U.S. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith speaks in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, about Microsoft's project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the U.S. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith speaks in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, about Microsoft's project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the U.S. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith speaks in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, about Microsoft's project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the U.S. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith speaks in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, about Microsoft's project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the U.S. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith pauses in front of a monitor displaying the U.S. as he speaks in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, about Microsoft's project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Bill Gates III is the co-founder of Microsoft and is an American business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. In 1975, Gates and Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft, which became the world's largest PC software company. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Since 1987, Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people. As of May 2017 Gates is the richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$88.5 billion. In 2009, Gates and Warren Buffett founded The Giving Pledge, whereby they and other billionaires pledge to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropy. Gates scored 1590 out of 1600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests and enrolled at Harvard College in the fall of 1973. While at Harvard, he met fellow student Steve Ballmer. Gates left Harvard after two years while Ballmer would stay and graduate magna cum laude. Years later, Ballmer succeeded Gates as CEO of Microsoft before resigning from the company in 2014

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Paul Allen is known for co-founding Microsoft alongside Bill Gates. As of June 2017, he is estimated to be the 46th richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $20.2 billion. Allen is the founder and Chairman of Vulcan Inc., which manages his various business and philanthropic efforts. Allen also has a multibillion-dollar investment portfolio including technology and media companies, real estate holdings, and stakes in other companies. He owns two professional sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He is also part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, which joined Major League Soccer in 2009. He is also the founder of Allen Institute for Brain Science, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Institute for Cell Science, and Vulcan Aerospace. After obtaining a perfect SAT score of 1600 and graduation, Allen went to Washington State University, but dropped out after two years in order to work as a programmer for Honeywell in Boston, near where Bill Gates had ended up as well. Allen later convinced Gates to drop out of Harvard University in order to create Microsoft

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FILE - This April 12, 2016 file photo shows the Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France. The cyberextortion attack hitting dozens of countries was a “perfect storm” of sorts. It combined a known and highly dangerous security hole in Microsoft Windows, tardy users who didn’t apply Microsoft’s March software fix, and a software design that allowed the malware to spread quickly once inside university, business and government networks. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

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Audience members look on as designers from Cirque du Soleil demonstrate the use of Microsoft's HoloLens device in helping to virtually build a set at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Audience members look on during a keynote address at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, speaks at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, speaks at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, speaks at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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A member of Cirque du Soleil demonstrates use of Microsoft's HoloLens device in helping to virtually design a set at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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FILE - In this Sunday, May 1, 2016, file photo, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett watches Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, left, play bridge outside the Borsheims jewelry store, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, in Omaha, Neb. Buffett says United Airlines bungled the case of the passenger dragged off a plane in April 2017, and he is criticizing the CEO’s handling of the incident. Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a major shareholder of United and other big U.S. airlines, said Monday, May 8, 2017, that the recent spotlight on poor customer service in the airline industry doesn’t change his investment strategy. (AP Photo/John Peterson, File)

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This photo provided by Microsoft shows the company's Surface Laptop, aimed at students. The Surface Laptop is the first Surface device without a detachable keyboard. (Courtesy of Microsoft via AP)

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Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks during the Global partners meeting on neglected tropical diseases, NTD, at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)