324. Jerry Yang
$2.5 billion Self-made Score: ) Source: Yahoo
age: 49 residence: los altos hills, calif. m.s., Stanford ’90
At Stanford, Yang studied electrical engineering, then dropped out of a PH.D. program to found Yahoo with David Filo (No. 118) in 1994. As Yahoo CEO, he championed the tech firm’s purchase of a stake in Alibaba for $1 billion in 2005, which subsequently grew phenomenally in value. After rejecting a Microsoft acquisition offer in 2008, he stepped down as CEO the following year and left the board 3 years later. A muchfaded Yahoo sold its core operating business to Verizon in June for $4.5 billion; the remaining assets (including the Alibaba stake) were renamed Altaba.