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In the tradition of others, Vice President Mike Pence signs a hatch from a space station training module mockup, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, selecting seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation's next generation of spacecraft. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

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Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks during an event where NASA introduced 12 new astronaut candidates, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, selecting seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation's next generation of spacecraft. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

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Vice President Mike Pence recognizes the newly introduced 12 new NASA astronaut candidates, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, selecting seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation's next generation of spacecraft. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

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Vice President Mike Pence poses for a group photograph with NASA's 12 new astronaut candidates, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, selecting seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation's next generation of spacecraft. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

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This undated product image provided by Solaria Corp. shows a home with solar panels installed. Small business owners who install solar panels or help customers use clean energy don’t seem fazed by President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, saying they expect demand for their services will still keep growing. “It’s an economic decision people are making, although it also makes environmental sense,” says Suvi Sharma, CEO of Solaria, a Fremont, Calif.-based company that designs and sells solar energy panel systems. (Ed Matney/Solaria Corp. via AP)

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This undated product image provided by Solaria Corp. shows a home with solar panels installed. Small business owners who install solar panels or help customers use clean energy don’t seem fazed by President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, saying they expect demand for their services will still keep growing. “It’s an economic decision people are making, although it also makes environmental sense,” says Suvi Sharma, CEO of Solaria, a Fremont, Calif.-based company that designs and sells solar energy panel systems. (Ed Matney/Solaria Corp. via AP)

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In this Tuesday, June 6, 2017, photo, Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma stands beside a PowerXT solar panel at company headquarters in Fremont, Calif. Small business owners who install solar panels or help customers use clean energy don’t seem fazed by President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, saying they expect demand for their services will still keep growing. “It’s an economic decision people are making, although it also makes environmental sense,” says Sharma, whose company designs and sells solar energy panel systems. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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In this Tuesday, June 6, 2017, photo, Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma stands beside a PowerXT solar panel at company headquarters in Fremont, Calif. Small business owners who install solar panels or help customers use clean energy don’t seem fazed by President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, saying they expect demand for their services will still keep growing. “It’s an economic decision people are making, although it also makes environmental sense,” says Sharma, whose company designs and sells solar energy panel systems. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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In this Tuesday, June 7, 2017 photo, Masato Kato, senior principal scientist in Fast Reactor Fuel Technology Development Department of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), bows during a press conference in Mito, north of Tokyo. The JAEA said five workers at a nuclear facility that handles plutonium have been exposed to high levels of radiation after a bag containing highly radioactive material broke during equipment inspection. The state-run agency said the incident occurred Tuesday at its Oarai Research & Development Center, a facility for nuclear fuel study that uses highly toxic plutonium. (Kyodo News via AP)

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Michelle Carter's text messages are displayed as prosecutor Maryclare Flynn delivers her opening statement in Carter's trial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Taunton, Mass. Carter is charged with manslaughter for allegedly using text messages to encourage her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, 18, to kill himself. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, Lever Architecture founder Thomas Robinson looks over a strength test on cross-laminated timber beams, or CLT, at Portland State University in Portland, Ore. City officials in Portland have approved a construction permit for the first all-wood high-rise building in the nation. The building uses the new technology called cross-laminated timber that tests have shown can withstand the worst earthquakes. Developers worked with scientists at Portland State University and Oregon State University to prove through testing that the materials meet all building and fire safety codes. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

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FILE--In this Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, structural engineer Eric McDonnell shows diagrams of skyscraper construction using cross-laminated timber, or CLT, at Portland State University in Portland, Ore. City officials in Portland have approved a construction permit for the first all-wood high-rise building in the nation. The building uses the new technology called cross-laminated timber that tests have shown can withstand the worst earthquakes. Developers worked with scientists at Portland State University and Oregon State University to prove through testing that the materials meet all building and fire safety codes. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

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FILE--This Nov. 15, 2016, file photo shows a piece of cross-laminated timber, or CLT , in Portland, Ore. City officials in Portland have approved a construction permit for the first all-wood high-rise building in the nation. The building uses the new technology called cross-laminated timber that tests have shown can withstand the worst earthquakes. Developers worked with scientists at Portland State University and Oregon State University to prove through testing that the materials meet all building and fire safety codes. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

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Shown here is the cover art for "Our Dishonest President," by the Los Angeles Times editorial board. It will be released in both print and digital formats on July 4, Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit publishing company Heyday Books said in a June 6 news release. (Heyday Books)

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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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Steve Jobs was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc.; CEO and majority shareholder of Pixar; a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar; and founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak are widely recognized as pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. In 1972 Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon before dropping out after one semester. Jobs and Wozniak teamed up to work on the first Apple product in the Jobs family garage. The Apple 1 was released in 1976.

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Daniel Ek is a Swedish entrepreneur and a technologist best known as the co-founder and CEO of the popular music streaming service Spotify. In 2005, Ek dropped out of the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden after eight weeks, according to Forbes. He founded an online marketing company called Advertigo. Ek sold the business to the Swedish company Tradedoubler. He later teamed up with its founder to start Spotify in 2008. As of 2017, Daniel Ek has an estimated net worth of over $800 million. His main source of income is Spotify, which is currently worth $8 billion and has over 40 million users worldwide. Ek has also been awarded the tile "Billboard Power 100's New No. 1" and is on numerous "wealth charts".

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Larry Ellison is co-founder of Oracle Corporation and was CEO from its founding until September 2014. He is the executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle. As of February 2017, he was listed by Forbes magazine as the fifth-wealthiest person in America and as the seventh-wealthiest in the world, with a fortune of $55 billion. Ellison was born in New York City but grew up in Chicago. He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and the University of Chicago without graduating before moving to California in 1966. While working at Ampex in the early 1970s, he became influenced by Edgar F. Codd's research on relational database design, which led in 1977 to the formation of what became Oracle. Oracle became a successful database vendor to mid- and low-range systems, competing with Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server, which led to Ellison being listed by Forbes as one of the richest men in the world

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Michael Dell is the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, one of the world’s leading providers of information technology infrastructure solutions. He is ranked as the 37th richest person in the world by Forbes, with a net worth of US$20.8 billion as of February 2017. While a freshman pre-med student at the University of Texas, Dell started an informal business putting together and selling upgrade kits for personal computers in Room 2713 of the Dobie Center residential building. He then applied for a vendor license to bid on contracts for the State of Texas, winning bids by not having the overhead of a computer store. Dell was selling around $80,000 a month and decided to drop out at age 19 to pursue the business

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Mark Zuckerberg is a co-founder of Facebook, and currently operates as its chairman and chief executive officer. His net worth is estimated to be US$63.3 billion as of May 2017, and he is ranked by Forbes as the fifth richest person in the world. Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard University dormitory room on February 4, 2004. He dropped out shortly after his sophomore year and moved to Silicon Valley to work full time on what has become the world's largest social network reaching one billion users by 2012. Since 2010, Time magazine has named Zuckerberg among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world as a part of its Person of the Year award. In December 2016, Zuckerberg was ranked 10th on Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People. According to Forbes Magazine, Zuckerberg has a net worth of US$63.3 billion as of May 2017