Bill Gates & Paul Allen
Cofounder of Microsoft Inc.
Like Gates, Paul Allen is a college drop-out. He attended Washington State University for two years before leaving to become a programmer. That decision clearly hasn’t hindered his success: Allen has a net worth of $15.8 billion per the most recent Forbes 400 rich list, making him the 26th wealthiest person in America.
Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak
Cofounder of Apple Inc.
Steve Jobs would then sell these products he and Wozniak created, and generate an interest in their product. Jobs then realized the need for expansion, and so hired other computer engineers to ease the workload. Steve Jobs then continued in his ruthless, never-say-die attitude, and cracked their first big deal with the release of the “Apple II”, and Apple as we know it was born.
David Filo & Jerry Yang
Founders of Yahoo! Inc.
The story of Filo and Yang's success begins at Stanford University, where the two doctoral candidates were involved in a project to create computer chips using computer-aided design. Both found the work less than exciting, and when their faculty supervisor took a sabbatical to Italy, the duo decided to take a little sabbatical of their own. Forsaking their academic work, they began spending most of their time surfing the Web.
Larry Page & Sergey Brin
Cofounder of Google Inc.
Like all good genius start-up stories, Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google Inc. in a friend's garage in Menlo Park, Calif. Since its incorporation on September 4, 1998, the company has grown to nearly 20,000 full-time employees worldwide, and with a steady stream of new product developments, acquisitions, and partnerships, has extended its reach far beyond its modest beginnings as a web search engine. Perhaps even more impressive is Google's image as the pinnacle of cool, with a reputation for being hip, innovative and wildly successful--all without compromising its "Don't be evil" philosophy.
Steve Chen, Chad Hurley & Jawed Karim
Cofounder of YouTube
YouTube was invented by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim out of a garage in Menlo Park. The inventors became millionaires when they sold their invention for 1.65 billion dollars to the search engine Google.
According to their fact sheet, YouTube was founded in February 2005, as a destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through the Web. Users can upload and share video clips on www.YouTube.com and YouTube enables video embedding that allows YouTube videos to be placed on non-YouTube pages.
Niklas Zennstrom & Janus Friis
Cofounder of Skype
This pair of Nordic entrepreneurs sold Skype to eBay for $2.6 billion in 2005. They double-dipped in the profits when it sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011. Since then they've launched Rdio, a music subscription service, and streaming video companies Joost and Vdio. The duo previously founded peer-to-peer file sharing service Kazaa. (Zennstrom is pictured in the middle, Friis on the right.)