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From Steve Ballmer To Jamie Dimon, Meet The Billionaires Who Amassed Their Wealth Without Founding A Company


From Steve Ballmer To Jamie Dimon, Meet The Billionaires Who Amassed Their Wealth Without Founding A Company By Benzinga

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Published Feb 11, 2024 15:40
Updated Feb 11, 2024 17:10

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Benzinga – by Bibhu Pattnaik, Benzinga Staff Writer.

Among American billionaires, a distinguished few have attained their status not by establishing companies or inheriting wealth but by climbing the ranks.

Among the 760 billionaires in the U.S., Forbes spotlighted just 26 individuals who carved out their wealth by working within the system, including notable figures such as Apple‘s Tim Cook, JPMorgan‘s Jamie Dimon, and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

According to the Forbes report, this exclusive cadre of billionaires amassed their fortunes through various means, from working as early employees or executives at major tech firms to navigating the upper echelons of hedge funds, private equity firms and investment banks.

Leading the charge is Ballmer, whose $122.7 billion fortune, mainly stemming from his nearly 4% stake in Microsoft, places him just behind the company’s co-founder Bill Gates in wealth. Ballmer’s journey from being Gates’ assistant in 1980 to becoming CEO of the tech giant is a testament to the potential for employees to rise to the top.

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Other tech luminaries on Forbes’ list include Cook ($2.1 billion), former Google CEO Eric Schmidt ($21 billion), Microsoft’s former chief software architect Charles Simonyi ($7.3 billion) and former Facebook vice-president Jeff Rothschild ($5.7 billion).

The list also features key players in the finance sector, from Veritas Capital CEO Ramzi Musallam ($9 billion) to Dimon ($2 billion).

While the path to billionaire status is more commonly paved by entrepreneurship or inheritance, these individuals exemplify the rare but possible journey to immense wealth through corporate achievement and strategic career navigation.

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