Famous American IT & Software Entrepreneurs

If you are daring, resourceful, ingenious, confident, and have a penchant for all things novel and technical, then congratulations — you have all that it takes to be the next Bill Gates (Microsoft) or Michael Dell (Dell) or Larry Ellison (Oracle). That is right! These most successful and enterprising impresarios of today hit gold by revamping start-up companies into international IT powerhouses. No wonder, they are idolized as true heroes and are an inspiration to many. Agreed, these outrageously wealthy, self-made, go-getter entrepreneurs did not come out of the same blueprint. But thanks to their innovation, dedication and never-say-never attitude, today they take up a coveted place among the world achievers. These are the Americans entrepreneurs who believed that everything is possible once you set your heart to it and never took "no" for an answer. And while there is no foolproof guide to become a successful software entrepreneur like them, trailing the timeline, trivia and interesting facts on America's famous IT & software entrepreneurs in the biographies below might fire up your ambition to some extent.

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 1 Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs.
Famous As: Co-founder of Apple
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: October 5, 2011
A college dropout, Steve Jobs, went on to be regarded as the Father of the Digital World. The founder/co-founder of Apple Inc, Pixar Animation Studios and NeXT Inc was a passionate visionary who was responsible for the development of iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPad and the iPhone which ushered in a new era in the computer, music and film industries.

 2 Bill Gates

Bill Gates.
Famous As: Co-Founder of Microssoft
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Leading American technologist, business leader and philanthropist, Bill Gates is the co-founder of the world’s largest software company, Microsoft. His passion for computers made him one of the richest in the world and through his charity foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he and his ex-wife, Melinda, use this money generously to help people world over live a better life.

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 3 Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak.
Famous As: Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)
Birthdate: August 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

Widely recognized as one of the two important pioneers of the personal computer revolution, Steve Wozniak is credited with co-founding Apple Inc. along with Steve Jobs. Not surprisingly, he has been described as one of the men that changed the course of history through technology. Apart from being a programmer and technology entrepreneur, Steve Wozniak is also a well-known philanthropist.

 4 Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian.
Famous As: Internet Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Internet entrepreneur and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is also known as the husband of legendary tennis player Serena Williams. Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 twice, he spoke strongly against the 2011 Stop Online Piracy Act, wrote a bestselling book, and is an advocate for the paternity leave policy.

 5 Paul Allen

Paul Allen.
Famous As: Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist
Birthdate: January 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: October 15, 2018

Paul Allen was an American investor, business magnate, and philanthropist. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular multinational technology companies in the world, Microsoft Corporation. Along with his philanthropic activities and ownership of several other companies and sporting clubs, Paul Allen had a major impact on sports, wildlife, education, arts, healthcare, community services, environmental conservation, and more.

 6 Evan Spiegel

Evan Spiegel.
Famous As: Co-founder of Snapchat
Birthdate: June 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Evan Spiegel is credited with popularizing social media all over the world as he co-founded the popular social media company Snap Inc. In 2015, he was named the youngest billionaire in the world. The following year, he was named in Forbes magazine's list of 400 Richest Americans with an estimated net worth of $4 billion.

 7 Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey.
Famous As: CEO of Twitter Inc.
Birthdate: November 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

As the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey continues to influence the lives of millions around the world. Also a well-known philanthropist, Dorsey is credited with funding 600 public school projects in Missouri. A prolific donator, Jack Dorsey has donated $24 million as part of various relief efforts. He also donated $10 million to Boston University.

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 8 Ross Perot

Ross Perot.
Famous As: Independent U.S. Presidential Candidate
Birthdate: June 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Texarkana, Texas
Died: July 9, 2019

Ross Perot was the founder and CEO of Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems. He received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and developed the Naval Academy’s honor system. He ran for president as an independent candidate and then established the Reform Party. He sold Perot to Dell for $3.9 billion.

 9 Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison.
Famous As: Founder of Oracle
Birthdate: August 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York
Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison was Forbes’s sixth-wealthiest person in the world in 2019. He has been associated with Apple and Tesla, too. He once owned the world’s 12th-largest yacht. He is a certified pilot and also owns a tennis facility. A devoted philanthropist, he has taken The Giving Pledge.

 10 Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer.
Famous As: Former CEO of Microsoft
Birthdate: March 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit
The world’s ninth-richest person as of 2020, Steve Ballmer has served as the CEO of Microsoft. He dropped out of the MBA program at Stanford when Bill Gates invited him to join Microsoft in 1980. Ballmer owns the NBA team Los Angeles Clippers. The USAFacts.org founder donates to educational causes. 

 11 Reed Hastings

Reed Hastings.
Famous As: Co-Founder of Net Flix
Birthdate: October 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston

Netflix co-founder, CEO, and chairman Reed Hastings is also a Facebook director since 2011. He has previously served the California State Board of Education and the board of Microsoft. The Stanford alumnus is a Giving Pledge member, actively donates for children’s education and scholarships, and supports charter schools.

 12 Gabe Newell

Gabe Newell.
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Businessman Gabe Newell is the co-founder and president of the video game developer and digital distribution company, Valve. As a young man, he worked for Microsoft for several years before he quit to found his own venture. He was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 2013.

 13 Kevin Systrom

Kevin Systrom.
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holliston

Computer programmer and entrepreneur Kevin Systrom is one of the co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram. He resigned as the Instagram CEO in 2018. He was named to Forbes’s 30 under 30 list in 2014 and was one of the U.S’s richest entrepreneurs below 40 in 2016.

 14 Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes.
Famous As: Co-Founder of Facebook
Birthdate: November 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hickory, North Carolina

 15 Jan Koum

Jan Koum.
Famous As: CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp
Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular cross-platform messaging service, WhatsApp. One of the most popular billionaires around the world, Koum donated almost $556 million to the donor-advised community foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in 2014.

 16 Neil Bush

Neil Bush
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, USA

 17 Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt.
Famous As: Former CEO of Google
Birthdate: April 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

 18 Randi Zuckerberg

Randi Zuckerberg.
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westchester County, New York, United States
Entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg has been the director of market development and spokesperson for her brother Mark Zuckerberg’s company Facebook. She has also been a Forbes on Fox panelist. She has founded Zuckerberg Media, authored books, and created the animated series Dot. She advocates against internet anonymity to prevent cyber-bullying.

 19 Andrew McCollum

Andrew McCollum.
Famous As: Co-founder of Facebook
Birthdate: September 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: California

 20 Steve Chen

Steve Chen.
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Taipei
Internet entrepreneur Steve Chen is one of the co-founders of YouTube. He also co-founded AVOS Systems and developed the app MixBit. He later sold YouTube to Google and also joined the investment firm Google Ventures. He was named one of 2011’s "15 Asian Scientists To Watch" by Asian Scientist magazine.

 21 Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson.
Famous As: Co-founder of Myspace
Birthdate: November 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California
Tom Anderson is one of the co-founders of Myspace. He would once automatically be made the first “friend” of first-time users of the platform and thus earned the nicknames "Myspace Tom” and “Tom from Myspace.” He is also interested in photography and made a cameo appearance in Funny People.

 22 Pierre Omidyar

Pierre Omidyar.
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris

 23 Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf.
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States

 24 Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States

 25 Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman.
Famous As: Co-Founder of LinkedIn
Birthdate: August 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stanford
Billionaire businessman Reid Hoffman, co-founder of the professional networking platform LinkedIn, also serves as a partner of the firm Greylock Partners. The Stanford and Oxford alumnus is also a prominent philanthropist and has been a board member of Do Something. He has also worked with PayPal and written several books.

 26 Brian Chesky

Brian Chesky.
Famous As: Co-founder of Airbnb
Birthdate: August 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Niskayuna, New York, United States
Business magnate and industrial designer Brian Chesky is the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb. Named to Time 100 in 2015, he was also made an Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship by Barack Obama. He is also part of The Giving Pledge and has been featured on the Youngest Forbes 400 list.

 27 Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit
Famous As: Computer Engineer
Birthdate: November 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Webster, New York, United States

 28 Jeremy Bloom

Jeremy Bloom
Famous As: Skier
Birthdate: April 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

 29 Christopher Poole

Christopher Poole.
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: New York City

 30 Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang.
Famous As: Co-founder of Yahoo! Inc.
Birthdate: November 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taipei

Jerry Yang is a Taiwanese-American billionaire internet entrepreneur, computer programmer, and venture capitalist. Yang is credited with co-founding Yahoo! Inc. where he also served as the CEO from 2007 to 2009. Jerry Yang is also credited with founding a venture capital firm named AME Cloud Ventures.

 31 Tommy Rettig

Tommy Rettig.
Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York, United States
Died: February 15, 1996

 32 Biz Stone

Biz Stone
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 33 Jason Fried

Jason Fried
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 34 Zachary Bogue

Zachary Bogue.
Famous As: Entrepreneur & Lawyer
Birthdate: December 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

 35 Chris DeWolfe

Chris DeWolfe
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

 36 Louis V. Gerstner Jr.

Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States

 37 John Dehlin

John Dehlin
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Boise, Idaho, United States

 38 Gene Amdahl

Gene Amdahl
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Flandreau, South Dakota, United States
Died: November 10, 2015

 39 Patrick Joseph McGovern

Patrick Joseph McGovern
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: March 19, 2014

 40 Tyler Williams

Tyler Williams.
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini

 41 Fernando Espuelas

Fernando Espuelas.
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montevideo

 42 Edward M. Liddy

Edward M. Liddy
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

 43 Justin Siegel

Justin Siegel.
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida, United States