The Geek Kings
We may be in the middle of another tech bubble, but these guys don't feel it. From Groupon's $750 million IPO to Ashton Kutcher's investment group, meet today's tech tycoons.
What does it do? The Big Daddy of social networks.
Windfall: Facebook valuation upwards of $50 billion.
Education: Dropped out of Harvard.
Quotation: "I don't know why they trust me."
Fun Fact: Personally kills the animals he eats.
Hobby: Taking pictures of his dog.
Questionable Decision: Smear campaign against Google.
What does it do? Social network for professionals.
Windfall: After IPO, owns stake worth $2 billion.
Education: B.S. at Stanford, philosophy at Oxford.
Quotation: "It's much better to start during an economic downturn."
Fun Fact: Cross-country skier.
Hobby: Founded Symbolic Systems Forum.
Questionable Decision: Passed on Twitter.
What does it do? Makes online social games.
Windfall: Sold Freeloader Inc., his first startup, for $38 million.
Education: Economics at Wharton, M.B.A. at Harvard.
Quotation: "The companies I've built are full of people with something to prove."
Fun Fact: Scarfs Chicago-style pizza.
Hobby: Major philanthropist.
Questionable Decision: Interned at Bain, was asked not to return.
Position: Founded Netscape, sits on Facebook, eBay, HP boards
What does it do? Created Ning, which provides infrastructure for social networks.
Windfall: Sold Netscape to AOL for $4.2 billion.
Education: B.S. in computers from University of Illinois.
Quotation: "I don't like to leave Palo Alto."
Fun Fact: In 2008, started a "New York Times Deathwatch" on his blog.
Hobby: Blogs in his underwear.
Questionable Decision: Posing barefoot on cover of Time.
What does it do? Blogging platform with 19 million users.
Windfall: Site has $135 million valuation. …