"Forbes released its annual list of the world's billionaires
Thursday, and technology companies are well represented, even
though Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is no longer the world's
"That honor now belongs to Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim
Helu, who edged out Gates for the top spot by $500 million in net
worth. Gates, worth $53 billion, slipped to number two.
"Of the world's top 100 billionaires, however, nine run
information technology companies. If you count Thomson Reuters
Chairman David Thomson and Bloomberg founder Michael Bloomberg,
whose employees write about technology, there are 11 IT
billionaires in Forbes' top 100.
"Unfortunately, for those IT guys and gals who are working in
the trenches, several of these richest executives -- the heads of
Microsoft, Google, Dell, Amazon, and Apple among others -- run
companies that have shed employees or contractors in the last year,
even as the executives' personal fortunes increased."