87. John Tu


Sun and Tu built a com­puter mem­ory busi­ness and sold it to PC man­u­fac­turer AST in the early 1980s. But af­ter pour­ing all their earn­ings into the stock mar­ket, the pair lost nearly every­thing in the crash of Oc­to­ber 1987. They founded Kingston Tech­nol­ogy, named for one of Tu’s fa­vorite bands, the Kingston Trio, in a garage that same year. The $6.6 billion (sales) com­pany makes and sells com­puter mem­ory prod­ucts. Tu is chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, and Sun is chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer.

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