Best Gadget Gifts for Geeks, Top Picks for 2015

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Tech gadgets can make great gifts for business partners, clients, and tech savvy team members. And with plenty of new innovations being released each year, there are lots of new gadgets to choose from for the people on your 2015 holiday gift list.

For the really tech savvy geeks on your holiday shopping list, check out the list of gadget gifts below for some unique gift ideas.

Gadget Gifts for 2015

Bluesmart Suitcase

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Business travel can be a pain. But this smart suitcase offers a number of features to make it easier, like a battery charger, digital lock, location tracking and a built-in scale.

Currently available for preorder, the Bluesmart suitcase sells for $399. So it’s likely not something you’d pick up for your entire team. But for your business partner or jetsetting top client, Bluesmart offers a unique gift option.

IZON 2.0 WiFi Video Monitor

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The latest version of IZON’s video monitoring system comes with several useful features to help people monitor their home or business. The camera works with both iOS and Android systems to allow you to access footage from your smartphone.

Starting at $79.95 on their website, IZON offers options that work for both home and business. And they have monitors made for keeping an eye on babies and pets as well.

Wocket Smart Wallet

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Carrying around a leather wallet with multiple credit and gift cards is so 2014. The Wocket smart wallet allows users to input information from multiple credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards onto one Wocket Card, with added security features like voicematch technology and password storage.

At $179 the Wocket wallet is a unique new option. And the company plans to begin offering different wallet accessories in the near future as well.

Helios Smart Solpro Charger

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This solar powered smart charger allows you to keep all of your different mobile devices charged and ready while you’re out and about. It has a 5,000mAh battery, three high-efficiency solar panels, two USB output ports and one USB input port.

Helios Smart chargers start at $119 and come in a few different colors. With so many people carrying multiple mobile devices with them at all times, this is a safe bet for pretty much any tech savvy person on your list.

ZUtA Portable Pocket Printer

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Mobile devices make it easy to do business from anywhere. But printing out actual documents hasn’t always been so easy, until now. The ZUtA portable pocket printeris a small device that connects to your smartphone or computer and prints on any size paper.

With a pre-order price of $199, the printer’s second batch is already sold out. But the company is accepting orders for a January 2016 batch. So if you’re willing to wait until then, this could make a useful gift for the techies on your list.

Nyrius ARIES Home+ Wireless HDMI Transmitter

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This device allows you to wirelessly stream HD video and audio from your cable box, Blu-ray player, computer or gaming console to other devices within your home.

For the tech geeks with busy families or with a strong interest in TV and movies, this could be a great solution for those times when multiple family members are fighting over one TV. Prices start at $200 for a transmitter with two HDMI inputs.

TrackR Bravo

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Everyone has that friend or family member who’s always misplacing their keys or wallet. This coin-sized device can go on keychains, dog collars, or other items and connects to your smartphone to transmit a noise when you’re looking for your belongings.

One device costs just $29.99, so it’s a low-cost option for the people on your list. Or you can even order multiple devices at a discounted rate.

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Top Business Movies for Entrepreneurs this Holiday Season

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One of the newest business movies for entrepreneurs, “Joy” premiered in theaters on Christmas Day. The film, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro, details the life of entrepreneur Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop.

The movie tells Mangano’s story as a struggling single mom who builds a business empire with her knack for products that eventually make her a fortune on QVC.

But even if you haven’t got time to get to the theater this holiday season, there are a variety of movies of interest to the small business owner and entrepreneur available in DVD format or via streaming video.

Here are some business movies for entrepreneurs you may want to check out.

babyboom movieBaby Boom

At its heart, “Baby Boom is a film about entrepreneurship as a path to better work/life balance.

What’s so interesting is that the film emerged in the 1980s in an era before such ideas were being bandied about much in the mainstream media.

The film stars Diane Keaton as J.C. Wiatt, a career-driven Manhattanite whose life is suddenly turned upside down when she must care for a toddler left to her by a long lost cousin.

Wiatt soon finds her fast paced career incompatible with her new-found role as a mother. It is an era before family leave, flexible work hours and other concessions made the corporate world more family friendly.

Her solution is to quit and start her own company selling baby food.

We’ll leave aside for the moment whether starting a business really does permit more or less time to spend with family and other responsibilities, especially in the startup phase. Clearly there’s some Hollywood wish fulfillment going on here.

The movie is worth watch not just for Keaton’s performance. It also raises the issue of entrepreneurship as a path to making a living that fits your lifestyle.

flash of genius movieFlash of Genius

“Flash of Genius” is a cautionary tale, not just for inventors and creators, but for small business owners too.

If you’ve ever had a great idea stolen by a competitor or a larger company, this movie, based on the true story of Robert Kearns.

Starring Greg Kinnear as Kearns, the movie follows the struggles of a man suing a giant auto manufacturer with the claim that an “intermittent” windshield wiper the company developed had been stolen from an idea he had patented.

A 2008 film, “Flash of Genius” is timely in an era of shifting patent and intellectual property rules, patent trolling and other similar issues.

But it’s also a story about the little guy trying to win out against huge odds, a subject any entrepreneur should appreciate.

beer wars movieBeer Wars

“America’s beverage is beer.”

So declares the trailer for “Beer Wars.” The 2009 documentary examines the battle between corporate giants like Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company and smaller competitors like Dogfish Head Brewery, Moonshot 69 and others.

The movie should be entertaining to any small business owner or startup entrepreneur who needs a reminder about the best way to compete with larger competitors in an established market.

But it is also a timely movie in an era of microbreweries and craft beers. It’s a market that reminds every small business owner about the importance of quality — not just price — when competing for customers.

tommy boy movieTommy Boy

Though certainly a vehicle for the late comic Chris Farley, “Tommy Boy” is also about the sales process.

That’s a rare thing indeed for a major motion picture. But it’s very interesting to look online for the sheer number of posts drawing sales lessons from the movie.

At it’s heart, the film tells the story of Thomas R. Callahan III, played by Farley, who goes on a cross country sales trip to save his family business.

At first, Callahan’s manic behavior proves an impediment to closing sales. But eventually, with the help of sidekick Richard Hayden, played by David Spade, he begins to succeed.

But it’s what he learns about the sales process that small business owners and entrepreneurs may find most interesting.

cocktail movieCocktail

Starring Tom Cruise and Bryon Brown, the 1988 film “Cocktail” is about the long and sometimes challenging path challenging path of entrepreneurship.

The movie follows the sometimes complicated lives of a young bartender, played by Cruise, and his mentor.

And it focuses in particular on Cruise’s character and his ambitions to one day own a bar of his own.

Along the way, romantic entanglements abound and the relationship between mentor and mentee is strained.

But what small business owners and entrepreneurs may find most interesting is what the movie has to say about taking the right advice and the importance of focus.

startupdotcom movieStartup.com

“Startup.com” is a documentary looking at the rise and fall of a dot-com startup, govWorks.com.

From raising millions in funding to its eventual end, govWorks.com was eventually a victim of the first Intrernet bubble.

The movie follows company founders Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman through the founding of their company which eventually raised $60 million in investment. But the film may offer insights into why such companies fail.

social network movieThe Social Network

“The Social Network” looks at how Mark Zuckerberg went from a student at Harvard with an uncanny knack for coding to the multimillionaire founder and CEO of Facebook.

Contrary to popular belief this is not just a story about social media. It is about the relationships, investment, mentorship and employee culture that go into transforming a great idea into a great business.

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS movieGlengarry Glen Ross

At first glance “Glengarry Glen Ross” may look like nothing more than a critique on the worst qualities of the sales game.

However, the movie is also notable for actor Alec Baldwin’s famous “Always be Closing” speech.

In fact, the film may be primarily responsible for bringing the well-known “ABC” acronym into the popular consciousness.

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Pirates of Silicon Valley

How can a film about the competition between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates not have appeal for entrepreneurs?

“Pirates of Silicon Valley” takes place between 1971 and 1997.

During that time, it depicts the history of Apple and Microsoft. But more importantly it examines the leaders of both companies: Jobs, played by Noah Wyle and Gates, played by Anthony Micheal Hall.

The 1999 movie looks at the differences between the two business leaders and how these differences influenced the development of their companies.

pursuit of happyness movieThe Pursuit of Happyness

Another true story, “The Pursuit of Happyness” follows the struggles of Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith.

Finding himself both a single father and homeless, Gardner must struggle against seemingly impossible odds to achieve a coveted stockbroker position.

For small business owners, the Garnder’s story can be an inspiration. It’s important to remember that, despite limitations, great things can be accomplished with hard work and determination.

moneyball movieMoneyball

It takes money to make money, but in business you don’t always have all the cash you need.

“Moneyball” is a film about the general manager of a baseball team played by Brad Pitt. Faced with recruiting winning players with a limited budget, Pitt’s character comes up with innovative approach with the use of statistics.

Sure it’s a sports movie. But the main character’s determination to work with what he has and find a solution applies to entrepreneurs as well.

WALL STREET movieWall Street

Again, 1987’s “Wall Street” may be seen as primarily a cautionary tale about the role of greed in business.

Indeed, Michael Douglas’s character Gordon Gekko has become synonymous with the worst qualities of investment industry with his well-known mantra “greed is good.”

But the movie is also a story about what the positive aspects of entrepreneurship should be: protecting jobs and growing companies to create wealth instead of selling them off piecemeal.

jerry maguire movieJerry Maguire

Sometimes you have to break out on your own despite the risks.

In “Jerry Maguire” the main character, played by Tom Cruise, decides to start his own sports agency. The decision is the result of a moral epiphany leaving him at odds with the company he had been working.

The 1996 hit is also responsible for bring another great business line into the public consciousness: “Show me the money!”

office space movieOffice Space

Any entrepreneur ever to strike out on his or her own to escape the frustrations of a job in corporate America will likely appreciate the sentiment behind “Office Space.”

The movie follows three friends who work for the same software firm and decide to take revenge on the company that makes them so miserable.

It’s a funny and satirical look at white collar employees working for a big company. But for entrepreneurs, it may also serve as a reminder of why you left that big corporate job in the first.

something ventured movieSomething Ventured

Those interested in investment may enjoy 2011 document “Something Ventured”

The movie follows the rise of venture capital firms which eventually funded and led in the development of companies like Apple, Intel and Cisco.

While you may never raise venture capital from these firms and may not even be a tech entrepreneur, the insights into investors and how they think should prove useful.

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Up in the Air

The 2009 film “Up In the Air” is about an HR consultant who flies all over the country to manage company layoffs.

The film stars George Clooney. And for those use to frequent travel for business and the isolation it sometimes produces, this may be a movie to which you can relate.

The movie also asks key questions about the importance of relationships in business and life and the role technology plays. That role can be one of either facilitating those relationships or creating further isolation.

wolf of wall street movieThe Wolf of Wall Street

The importance of ethics in business is again the theme of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The story is inspired by the real-life story of stockbroker Jordon Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Belfort launches a firm which engages in illegal and unethical trading activities to profit at the expense of its clients.

But the companies corrupt trading practices eventually make it the focus of both the Security Exchange Commission and FBI. Belfort eventually agrees to turn on his colleagues in a deal with federal authorities, but then breaks the agreement and is given jail time.

For entrepreneurs, the lesson is simple. Profitability is not something to be pursued at the expense of your customers.

forrest gump movieForrest Gump

At first, you might wonder what the 1994 hit film “Forrest Gump” has to do with entrepreneurship.

But remember that Gump, portrayed by actor Tom Hanks, was a small business owner.

In classic entrepreneurial fashion, Gump parlays earnings from an endorsement as a champion ping pong player to found the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.

The movie is light hearted and often touching. It serves as a reminder that success comes from taking advantage of your opportunities no matter what your personal skills and gifts.

aviator movieThe Aviator

Another Leonardo DiCaprio film, “The Aviator” is based on the life of millionaire entrepreneur Howard Hughes.

Building on a business created by his father, Hughes, portrayed by DiCaprio, exhibits determination and vision to grow his company in unexpected directions.

Some of these involve a flirtation with the film industry and then a focus on aviation. Far from simply a wealthy business CEO who delegates everything, Hughes demonstrates curiosity and passion in all his projects. And he pushes through personal and business challenges to reach his goals.

chef movieChef

This is a movie for small business owners and entrepreneurs interested in the trending food truck business. “Chef” was written and directed by Jon Favreau, who also stars in the movie.

The story follows a Los Angeles chef who quits his job to fix up an old food truck and take his son on a cross country journey to get back to basics with his cooking.

The movie should interest DIY entrepreneurs and those creating a business around a skill or talent they possess. The movie also delves into the use of social media for local marketing.

citizen kane movieCitizen Kane

Starring and directed by Orson Welles, “Citizen Kane” is an acknowledged classic.

But it also Welles’ fictionalized take on the real life of another famous entrepreneur and businessman, William Randolph Hearst.

Welles’ title character, loosely patterned on Hearst, turns a family fortune built on a Colorado gold mine into a huge newspaper empire.

Welles shows us the entrepreneur’s instinct for differentiating a product as Kane disrupts the newspaper industry and becomes a master of promotion.

Though his personal problems eventually get the better of him, Kane’s ambition, like the ambition of many entrepreneurs, is t change the world — his way!

So there you have it. A list of top business movies entrepreneurs might want to look into this holiday season. Have any more to suggest?

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Sequoia Capital top venture capital investor of 2015

While Sequoia Capital backed 48 start-ups, New Enterprise Associates—the second most prolific venture capital firm—was involved in 44 deals, according to start-up tracker Tracxn.While Sequoia Capital backed 48 start-ups, New Enterprise Associates—the second most prolific venture capital firm—was involved in 44 deals, according to start-up tracker Tracxn.

Bengaluru: Sequoia Capital and New Enterprise Associates were the most prolific venture capital firms last year globally in terms of the number of deals, backing 48 and 44 start-ups, respectively.

The Menlo Park-based venture capital firms were closely followed by Accel Partners (42 deals), Bessemer Venture Partners (24 deals) and Andreessen Horowitz (21 deals), according to Tracxn, a start-up tracker.

Tiger Global Management, which is one of the most prolific investors in the Indian start-up ecosystem, having backed the likes of Flipkart Ltd, Shopclues (Clues Network Pvt. Ltd) and Grofers (Locodel Solutions Pvt. Ltd), ranked eighth in the list of the most prolific venture capital firms in 2015, with 18 deals.

Among the top 15 global investors were Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Matrix Partners, IDG Capital Partners, Benchmark Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Khosla Ventures, the Tracxn research said. The top five funds—Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and Andreessen Horowitz—parked most of their money in consumer Internet start-ups, followed by healthcare and financial technologies.

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According to the research, the top 15 venture capital firms struck the maximum number of deals in the consumer segment; $13.12 billion was invested in 255 deals. Other sectors which found high interest from investors were enterprise applications ($2.91 billion across 98 deals), enterprise infrastructure ($3.66 billion across 92 deals), financial technologies ($3.01 billion across 68 deals) and healthcare ($1.43 billion across 48 deals).

Most of the top global investors have also made significant investments in India, especially in the consumer Internet space.

For instance, Sequoia Capital has backed grocery delivery start-up Grofers, besides food technology companies such as TinyOwl Technology Pvt. Ltd and Zomato Media Pvt. Ltd. Accel Partners is one of the early backers of Flipkart and ride hailing service TaxiForSure (Serendipity Infolabs Pvt. Ltd), which was later acquired by Ola (ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd).

Bessemer Venture Partners has backed the likes of online grocery store BigBasket (Supermarket Grocery Supplies Pvt. Ltd), Snapdeal (Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd) and Ola, among others.

According to Tracxn, $7.4 billion was invested in home-grown start-ups last year.

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These Are the World’s Top 10 Young Billionaires

These Are the World's Top 10 Young BillionairesLife isn’t fair. Some earn their billions; others are born into them.

Most of the world’s youngest billionaires fall in the latter category, but not Mark Elliot Zuckerberg. The 31-year-old hoodie clad programming prodigy is without a doubt a standout self-made billionaire, striking it beyond rich with a social media game-changer that forever transformed how humans communicate — one billion of us and counting.

The Facebook co-founder and CEO once again claims the top spot on Singapore-based consultancy Wealth-X’s annual list of the wealthiest individuals younger than 35, released in August. Two of his co-founders — one of whom joined the cocksure techie in dropping out of Harvard to work on Facebook full time — also made the list.

Related: Billionaire Wisdom: 8 Insights From a Quartet of the World’s Most Effective Entrepreneurs

Three of Facebook’s original five founders aren’t the only power tech trio on the roundup. Airbnb’s founding trio — Brian Chesky, 33, Nathan Blecharczyk, 32, and Joe Gebbia, 33 — also grace the mindbogglingly wealthy who’s who. The youngest mogul to make the list is Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, only a tender 25 and sitting on a colossal fortune of an estimated $1.9 billion. Must be nice.

For a look at Wealth-X’s top 10 young billionaires, check out the envy-inducing roundup below.

10. Thomas Persson

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Age: 30
Company: Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)
Estimated net worth: $2.7 billion

Swedish heartthrob Thomas Persson is living the luxe life thanks to a popular cheap chic retailer you know as H&M. While its image is hot, young and current, the story of the Swedish company behind the brand dates back to 1968, when Persson’s grandfather merged two European apparel shops by the names of Hennes and Mauritz Widforss. Now you know.

The billionaire bachelor’s father is Sweden’s richest person, and his brother, sister and aunt are all billionaires, too. When Persson’s not busy globetrotting, gracing glitzy red carpets and painting the town red, the London Met Film School grad dabbles in film production.

9. Joe Gebbia

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Age: 33
Company: Airbnb
Estimated net worth: $3 billion

Joe Gebbia, Airbnb’s bowtie-wearing co-founder and chief product officer, founded three businesses before launching Airbnb with his former Rhode Island School of Design classmate Brian Chesky. An avid inventor, he designed and patented a buttox-shaped portable seat cushion called CritBuns. He also founded two now-defunct graphic design-focused web ventures.

The avid mid-century modern architecture fan helped drive Airbnb deeper into the business travel market this year, expanding to new markets in Cuba and Africa. He says his “ultimate dream” is to book at night at the Eames Case Study House No. 8 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. We have a sinking suspicion he could afford to, that is if it were an option.

Related: Airbnb Co-Founder: If Rejection Slows You Down, Entrepreneurship Isn’t For You

8. Brian Chesky

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Age: 33
Company: Airbnb
Estimated net worth: $3 billion

Back in 2007, Brian Chesky and his roommate Joe Gebbia were too broke to pay rent on their San Francisco apartment. To avoid getting booted by their landlord, the enterprising industrial designers decided to rent out three air mattresses on their floor for $80 bucks a piece. The sharing economy forefathers hobbled together a basic website advertising their crash pad for rent and the rest — a few setbacks along the way included — is history.

Eight years and a none-too-shabby leg up from Y Combinator later, the scrappy little Internet startup that almost never was puts an estimated 800,000 people up every night in some two million listings in 190 countries, reigning supreme in the coveted Silicon Valley unicorn club.

Chesky said his mom thought the premise of Airbnb — letting strangers sleep at your pad when you’re out of town — was “the worst idea ever.” Who’s skeptical now, Deborah Chesky? Not only does your son have the health insurance you wanted him to have, he also has more money than he knows what to do with.

Related: Billionaire Mark Cuban on Raising Kids: ‘I Don’t Want Them to Be Entitled Jerks’

7. Nathan Blecharczyk

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Age: 32
Company: Airbnb
Estimated net worth: $3 billion

Airbnb isn’t Nathan Blecharczyk’s first major entrepreneurial endeavor. The Harvard computer science grad founded a pioneering Internet marketing business while still in high school that served clients in 20 countries. Before co-founding Airbnb in 2008 and overseeing the $25 billion-dollar online accommodations rental hub’s tech strategy as CTO, he worked in various software engineer posts at Microsoft, Batiq and OPNET Technologies.

6. Elizabeth Holmes

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Age: 31
Company: Theranos
Estimated net worth: $4.5 billion

Like Mark Zuckerberg, Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of an Ivy League university during her sophomore year to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. At age 19, the ambitious chemical engineering major quit Stanford and bootstrapped Theranos, a revolutionary Palo Alto, Calif.-based blood diagnostics startup, mainly with money her parents saved for her college education.

The now-$9 billion company, poised to upend the $73 billion dollar diagnostics industry, was recently rocked by an explosive Wall Street Journal exposé. The tell-all alleges that Theranos has struggled with and neglected to use its proprietary fingertip-prick blood test technology. Holmes has hit back at the criticism, saying the company is awaiting FDA approval it will “absolutely” get.

Related: Out For Blood: Theranos Orchestrates Bold PR Coup in the Face of Damning Allegations

5. Scott Duncan

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Age: 32
Company: Enterprise Product Partners
Estimated net worth: $5 billion

Scott Duncan is living proof that you don’t have to be a Silicon Valley tech wizard to be in the billionaire club these days. The golden spooner inherited his father’s astronomically successful energy pipeline company in 2010, alongside his three sisters. And you bet they’re billionaires, too.

The Houston-based big game hunter may have grown up rich, but his entrepreneur father, Dan Duncan, hailed from humble beginnings. The son of an impoverished farmer, he launched Enterprise with $10,000 and two propane trucks. From there, he slowly, steadily amassed a monumental oil and gas fortune that his children reap the benefits of today.

4. Eduardo Saverin

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Age: 33
Company: 99
Net worth: $5.3 billion

Brazil-born Eduardo Saverin met Mark Zuckerberg during his junior year at Harvard and quickly became best friends with him. The Facebook co-founder — and first investor and chief financial officer — was famously jilted by Zuckerberg just after the social network took off.

Brutally screwed out of his original 30 percent stake in the company, the serial angel investor sued Zuckerberg, eventually settling out of court for an undisclosed amount. We will likely never know how much Zuck forked over, as Saverin, like the Winklevoss twins, was made to sign a non-disclosure agreement as part of the deal.

The accomplished economist and serial angel investor is now on the board of directors of 99.co, a Singapore-based real estate buying and selling platform. Had Saverin kept his original stake in Facebook, he’d now be worth somewhere near $34 billion. What a pity.

3. Yang Huiyan

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Age: 34
Company: Country Garden Holdings
Estimated net worth: $5.9 billion

China native Yang Huiyan received much of her real estate magnate father’s fortune when he transferred his property development company, Country Garden Holdings, to her in 2007. The momentous change of hands made her the youngest female billionaire in the world at the time. The reportedly low-key Ohio State University grad is now believed to be the richest woman in Asia.

Related: 8 CEOs Who Amassed a Fortune Before Age 30 (Infographic)

2. Dustin Moskovitz

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Age: 31
Company: Asana
Estimated net worth: $9.3 billion

Dustin Moskovitz, nicknamed “Destroyer” during his four-year founding run at Facebook, lucked out as one of Mark Zuckerberg’s dormitory roommates at Harvard. Facebook’s first chief technology officer also dropped out of the Ivy League institution after moving to Palo Alto, Calif., to springboard the social behemoth to the next level. The self-taught coder, who learned to program specifically to launch Facebook, later left the company to co-found Asana, an app that enables coworkers to collaborate without email.

1. Mark Zuckerberg

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Age: 31
Company: Facebook
Estimated net worth: $46.1 billion

Mark Zuckerberg, aka “Slayer” to his former frat bros, launched “thefacebook.com” from his Harvard dorm room on Feb. 4, 2004. He was just 19 at the time and “didn’t know much about business back then.” Two years before that instant-hit stroke of genius, when he was still in high school, the coding wunderkind turned down a $1 million offer from Microsoft. Along with AOL, Bill Gates’ software company wanted to scoop up Zuckerberg’s Synapse Media Player, an innovative music streaming app he invented. Zuck was wise and held out. Later, MTV wanted to buy Facebook for $75 million. Again, he didn’t budge. After all, that’s chump change to the high roller now.

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