359. Charles Si­monyi

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$2.2 billion  Self-made Score: ^ Source: mi­crosoft age: 69 res­i­dence: me­d­ina, wash. Ph.d., Stan­ford ’76

The only tourist to ever visit outer space twice, Si­monyi helped de­velop some of Mi­crosoft’s most iconic ap­pli­ca­tions, like Word and Ex­cel. In high school he vol­un­teered as a night watchman at a com­puter lab in Hun­gary, which al­lowed him to prac­tice pro­gram­ming on its ma­chines. He came to Amer­ica to study at UC Berke­ley and even­tu­ally be­came Mi­crosoft em­ployee No. 40.

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