We’re all too used to hearing about the enviable lives of rockers, rappers, bankers and actors but where there’s money there’s usually an extremely enviable lifestyle to accompany it on yachting trips and champagne-slugging sleepovers in coast-side residences. We keep hearing about how much money talented techie moguls make but there hasn’t been much exposure of their lavish lives, until now.
After making a ton of money with 3DLabs, a high-end graphics chip used on many of the world’s leading professional computer graphics cards in the CAD and DCC markets, Kent sold the company to Creative Labs in 2002 for about $170 million. As if that wasn’t enough he went on to create his own record label, Songphonic Records and pursued further musical interests when he bought an English mansion formerly owned by Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera (home studio included).
With a net worth of $15 billion, Paul Allen is officially one of the wealthiest men on earth. He started a little known company called Microsoft with old school mate Bill Gates and has made a pretty penny along the way. Those pennies have in turn acquired a variety of pricey pieces including houses, classic computers, a $13.5 million private island off the Seattle coast, the Seattle Seahawks football team, the Portland Trailblazers basketball team, a 414-foot yacht named Octopus and a deep-sea remote-operated vehicle. Not your average acquisitions then. According to Forbes he was named the most philanthropic American in 2011 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and ‘donates prolifically to Seattle-area causes in education, the arts and health care’. And he’s single.
The party boy of the tech set, Parker became wealthy through his work with Napster, which he founded and Facebook where he was President. He was played by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network, which ‘mortified’ him according to the New York Times. His New York mansion, ‘Bacchus House’, has seen many a late night soiree with guests including artists, celebrities and scientists. He counts Ashton Kutcher among his friends and he ‘favors Tom Ford suits and Dior jeans’. But big bashes aren’t restricted to private gatherings with friends. He threw lavish launch parties for Spotify and Airtime as he was involved with both at the start-up stage and also gives back to cancer research and foreign aid charities. (An interior of his New York party house is pictured above).
The Business Insider called Brin ‘the coolest guy at Google’. He not only co-founded the massive search engine empire but continues to work on innovative projects for the ground-breaking, top-secret Google X division from which the self-driving car and wearable ‘Project Glass’ computer glasses will one day come. When he’s not developing futuristic fun stuff he’s splashing out on charitable donations. The Brin Wojcicki Foundation, started with his wife Anne Wojcicki has donated $5 million to the Parkinson’s Institute and according Forbes, ‘promises to match any proceeds up to $50 million given to The Michael J. Fox Foundation by the end of 2012. As of August, Brin and Wojcicki have already given $30 million to the Fox Foundation for this challenge.’ We applaud his dutiful do-gooding but before you feel too proud of him, his net worth of $20 billion means he definitely has plenty left over for himself.
As founder and CEO of Oracle, it’s obvious that Mr Ellison has had some success. He’s also not shy to show it, with nine Malibu beach-front mansions, the entire Hawaiian island of Lanai, a sports team and sail boats. One of his latest property buys is a $36.9million three acre plot previously owned by former Yahoo CEO Terry Semel. As keen a philanthropist as he is a real estate collector, Ellison gives a great deal away to charity, mostly to fund neurological and ageing research. That’s money well spent if you’re worth $41 billion.