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24. Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy
Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy
Co-Founders, Harmonix Music Systems
Ages: 39 and 38

The co-founders of Harmonix -- the developer of videogame hits Guitar Hero and Rock Band -- earned big paydays when they sold to Viacom's MTV Networks in 2006 for $175 million, plus a $150 million bonus.

The two brands (Guitar Hero is now owned by rival Activision) have sold more than $3 billion; Rock Band secured the first digital rights to Beatles songs (take that, Steve Jobs).

College buds: The two met at MIT studying music; Rigopulos is CEO; Egozy, also a clarinetist, is CTO.

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Last updated March 26 2010: 10:26 AM ET
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