Scott Farquhar, The Aussie tech tycoon who co-founded software giant Atlassian, started up the business on credit cards. The collaboration software firm brags about its high-profile customers the likes of NASA, SpaceX, and Tesla.
He and his business partner, Mike Cannon-Brookes have been friends since university and now own the priciest real estate in Australia!
Thriving With Twitter ($14.4B)
In the last photo we saw of Jack Dorsey, he was giving off all of the wonderful enlightened, tie-dye beach vibes. When you’re a billionaire you can truly embrace any whim and basically do anything you like. He's the CEO of both Twitter and Square (they do smaller business payments).
A massive proponent of Bitcoin, he believes it will become THE currency. He put his money where his mouth is too, with his company Square buying up $50 million worth of bitcoin! Pre-Twitter Dorsey was a masseur and also enjoyed fashion.
Don’t Doubt the Duff! ($13.6B)
David Duffield is a testament to the statement that “you’re never too old” to accomplish great wealth. Now an octogenarian, he was over 40 when he founded both PeopleSoft and Workday. Pretty amazing to found not just one, but two successful enterprise software firms.
Get this: Duffield sold PeopleSoft in 1987 to Oracle (founded by Larry Ellison, who is also featured on this list), for…$10.7 billion in 2005. Today he's worth around $14 billion, we hope David is enjoying his late early retirement!
The Word-of-Mouth Billionaire ($16.6B)
The co-founder of Atlassian, Mike Cannon-Brookes, is a Sydneysider. Atlassian, which boasts its lack of sales team managed to build itself to a worth of over $20 billion.
They used word-of-mouth and the idea that the product sells itself. So if you have a remarkable product (a buzzword at Atlassian), and its price is affordable, then throw in the AI and make it automated! The so-called “low-touch” model worked insanely well, just look where Cannon-Brookes is today!
Xiaomi’s Founding Father ($22.3B)
Lei Jun graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering! Jun, currently one of the richest people in China, is both the co-founder and the chairman of Xiaomi. It’s one of the world’s most well-known brands of smartphones. He started on his gravy train in 2004, after selling up to Amazon (he passed on his online retail platform, joyo.com) for a lovely $75 million.
Recently, Xiaomi passed Apple and became the world’s second-largest smartphone supplier (Samsung took the top spot). Phones are life, so they're bound to make someone rich.