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.

Mark Zuckerberg

Company: Facebook

Age: 27

Position: CEO

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.

Reid Hoffman

Company: LinkedIn

Age: 43

Position: Founder

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.

Mark Pincus

Company: Zynga

Age: 45

Position: Founder

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.

Marc Andreessen

Company: Andreessen-Horowitz

Age: 39

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.

David Karp

Company: Tumblr

Age: 24

Position: CEO

What does it do? Blogging platform with 19 million users.

Windfall: Site has $135 million valuation. …

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