Rich kids The Google guys soar toward the top and a few humbled highfliers make comebacks. The biggest news: The appearance of some surprising mogulettes. (Welcome aboard, Mary-Kate and shley!)
(FORTUNE Magazine) – 1 Michael Dell Chairman/Founder Dell Computer
WEALTH $17.95 billion AGE 39
Dell gave up his CEO title this year, but not his drive for tech-world domination. His wily advisors at MSD Capital helped boost his holdings by almost $1 billion in 2004.
2 Pierre Omidyar Chairman/Founder eBay
WEALTH $10.05 billion AGE 37
The eBay founder's net worth jumped $3 billion as a result of the company's stock surge. Meanwhile, he's created the Omidyar Network to invest in social change.
3 Jeff Skoll Chairman/Founder Skoll Foundation
WEALTH $4.69 billion AGE 39
Though he's no longer eBay's president, Skoll still owns 8% of its stock. Last year his foundation gave $8.2 million to found a center for social entrepreneurship.
4 Larry Page President, Products/Co-Founder Google
WEALTH $4.19 billion AGE 31
After selling only $42.5 million of Google's newly public shares, Page retains billions' worth of company stock. Meantime, he still lives in a rental apartment.
5 Sergey Brin President, Technology/Co-Founder Google
WEALTH $4.17 billion AGE 31
Google's technical wizard, Brin is also keeping his wealth in company shares. Meanwhile, Pravda named him one of the most famous Russians living in the U.S.
6 Jerry Yang Chief Yahoo/Co-Founder Yahoo
WEALTH $2.81 billion AGE 35
Yang LOL'ed all the way to the bank, thanks to a zesty rise in Yahoo's share price. His other investments, including a fistful of Cisco stock, helped.
7 David Filo Chief Yahoo/Co-Founder Yahoo
WEALTH $2.57 billion AGE 38
Filo stuck with Yahoo's shares, which make up virtually all his wealth, on their long way down--which made the 192% rebound since January 2003 all the sweeter.
8 Ken Griffin President/Founder Citadel Investment Group
WEALTH $1 billion AGE 35
The youngest of the rich hedge fund managers, Griffin made a bundle in convertible bonds and recently moved into energy trading.
9 Dan Snyder Chairman/Principal Owner Washington Redskins
WEALTH $823 million AGE 39
Snyder made money selling his advertising firm, then acquired the Redskins. In late August he bought eight million shares of Six Flags stock, giving him 9% voting power.
10 Marc Benioff* Chairman/CEO Salesforce.com
WEALTH $376 million AGE 39
Despite a snafu caused by his comments in the press, Benioff's customer-relationship management company debuted its stock this year and is now worth $1.3 billion.
11 Jeffrey Citron Chairman/CEO/Co-Founder Vonage
WEALTH $346 million AGE 34
Citron has made a habit of turning the low tech into high tech (see story in this issue), leading stock trading (Datek) and phone service onto the Net.
12 Elon Musk CEO/Founder/CTO Space Exploration Technologies
WEALTH $328 million AGE 33
The former PayPal wunderkind's eBay stock isn't the only thing heading into the stratosphere: Space Exploration's first rocket is set to launch this year.
13 Sean Combs (P. Diddy) Chairman/CEO/Founder Bad Boy Entertainment
WEALTH $315 million AGE 34
Producing, songwriting, rapping, acting on Broadway, running a successful clothing company--Combs is hip-hop's leading hyphenate.
14 Tiger Woods Golfer
WEALTH $295 million AGE 28
While the greens haven't been so good to him lately, the greenbacks keep flowing: AmEx pitchman Woods again leads all athletes in endorsement and appearance fees.
15 Halsey Minor Chairman/CEO/Founder Grand Central Communications
WEALTH $286.1 million AGE 39
The founder of CNET left in 2000 and started tech services firm Grand Central, whose value has nearly doubled, in part because of a deal with AT&T.
16 Shawn Carter (Jay-Z)* Co-Founder Roc-a-Fella Enterprises
WEALTH $286 million AGE 34
Hit rapper Jay-Z not only delivers platinum albums but also owns half of Roc-a-Fella, which produces records, "urban streetwear," premium vodka, and ice cream.
17 Jerry Greenberg Co-Chairman/Co-CEO/Co-Founder Sapient
WEALTH $278 million AGE 38
With Sapient's stock soaring of late, Greenberg is worth more than double what he was two years ago. But he's still far below his $1.5 billion peak in 2000.
18 Raul Fernandez Chairman/CEO ObjectVideo
WEALTH $263 million AGE 38
After Fernandez sold tech services firm Proxicom in 2001, he tried retirement and philanthropy--and then joined ObjectVideo, a private video-surveillance software firm.
19 Jennifer Lopez* Actress/Singer/Co-Owner Sweetface Fashion
WEALTH $255 million AGE 35
Gigli may have bombed, but Lopez's perfume and fashion line, sold in department stores, had a boom year with $300 million in revenues. Her latest: a lingerie line.
20 Marc Andreessen Chairman/Co-Founder Opsware
WEALTH $253 million AGE 33
The original Internet millionaire (remember Netscape?) now heads Opsware, a provider of "data center automation software." Biggest clients are NEC and HP.
21 Joe Liemandt President/CEO/Founder Trilogy
WEALTH $234 million AGE 36
A Stanford dropout, at age 21 Liemandt used credit cards to start Trilogy. While web spinoffs like Carorder.com failed, selling e-business software to Boeing and IBM hasn't.
22 Shaquille O'Neal Basketball Player Miami Heat
WEALTH $222 million AGE 32
Getting traded to Miami hasn't affected the big man's endorsement contracts. Living in a state with no income tax won't hurt his finances either.
23 Michael Robertson CEO/Founder Linspire
WEALTH $220 million AGE 37
Robertson used millions from selling MP3.com to start Lindows, a Linux-based competitor to Windows. The name was changed to Linspire after Microsoft squawked.
24 Marc Ewing Publisher Alpinist magazine
WEALTH $217 million AGE 35
The founder of tech IPO star Red Hat, Ewing left and started Alpinist, an award-winning magazine devoted to mountain climbing, one of his favorite pastimes.
25 Julia Roberts Actress
WEALTH $212 million AGE 36
Still the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, Roberts landed a $25 million deal this year for the forthcoming movie Closer, directed by Mike Nichols.
26 Will Smith Actor/Rapper
WEALTH $188 million AGE 35
Though Smith has vowed to stop making big blow-'em-ups, his I, Robot payday was reportedly $28 million. He took a pay cut for the forthcoming Shark Tale.
27 Andre Agassi Tennis Player
WEALTH $162 million AGE 34
Agassi may be ancient by his sport's standards, but he continues to win tournaments--he's second in all-time tennis earnings--and endorsements.
28 Jared Polis Chairman/Member at Large Colorado State Board of Education
WEALTH $160 million AGE 29
Polis's ascent began with the sale of e-card company Bluemountain.com and continued with an IPO last year for Provide-Commerce, the parent of Proflowers.com.
29 Jeff Gordon* NASCAR Racer
WEALTH $155 million AGE 33
Not only is Pepsi and FosterGrant plugger Gordon the biggest advertising earner in NASCAR, but he's also a 50% owner in his Nextel Cup--winning racing team.
30 Sudhakar Ravi Retired
WEALTH $137.1 million AGE 39
Ravi retired from SonicWALL, an Internet security operation, in 2002. Now he's training for a triathlon, learning golf, and spending time with his three tots.
31 Ashley Olsen* Actress/Co-President DualStar Entertainment
WEALTH $137 million AGE 18
The sisters worked for scale as 9-month-olds but now are co-presidents of a billion-dollar company, shooting 47 direct-to-video titles and two feature films along the way.
31 Mary-Kate Olsen* Actress/Co-President DualStar Entertainment
WEALTH $137 million AGE 18
Like her sister, probably the wealthiest self-made college student in the country, with a Wal-Mart clothing line and a set of dolls sold by Barbie behemoth Mattel.
33 John MacFarlane CEO Sonos.com
WEALTH $136 million AGE 38
MacFarlane got rich at OpenWave, whose software manages telecom data. In 2002 he started Sonos.com, which makes digital home-music equipment.
34 Jeffrey Zients Chairman Advisory Board Co.
WEALTH $132 million AGE 37
Zients not only leads Advisory Board, a health-care consulting firm, but also runs Portfolio Logic, which invests in business services and health-care companies.
35 Sreekanth Ravi Retired
WEALTH $131 million AGE 37
Like his brother, Sreekanth Ravi retired from SonicWALL to pursue the good life--scuba diving, a baby, Southern France--and is now planning a new Internet company.
36 Paul Gauthier Retired
WEALTH $129 million AGE 32
The co-founder of search engine Inktomi cashed out early, before the company was bought by Yahoo in 2002. He remains retired and out of the public eye.
37 W. Glen Boyd Retired
WEALTH $125 million AGE 37
Boyd sold Net analytics company WebTrends for a reported $1 billion in 2001. These days his foundation donates to environmental and other causes.
38 Britney Spears* Entertainer
WEALTH $123 million AGE 22
Tireless touring has raked in more concert revenue of late than even Madonna's. Plugs for Pepsi, Clairol, Polaroid, and others suggest she's the new Material Girl.
39 Michael Saylor Chairman/CEO/Founder MicroStrategy
WEALTH $113 million AGE 39
One of the Net's original cowboys rode the bucking-bronco stock of software provider MicroStrategy from $6 up to $330, then down to $10 and back to $30.
40 Kevin Garnett* Basketball Player Minnesota Timberwolves
WEALTH $106 million AGE 28
In 1997, Garnett signed what was then the most lucrative deal in sports, $126 million over six years. The NBA MVP also started his own clothing line in 2002.
*New this year.