The IT industry is the place to be if you’re young and have strong ambitions to be financially successful. In this year’s BRW Top 100 Young Rich list, the tech industry came out on top with an estimated 19 per cent of young wealth generated from the sector.
To be eligible for listing, individuals had to be under 40 and rake in more than $19 million.
Coming in fifth position were Atlassian founders, Mike Cannon- Brookes and Scott Farquhar.
Earlier this year, the two had captured $US60 million investment from venture capital firm, Accel Partners.
Up next was Simon Clausen in eighth spot, who sold his PC Tools business to Symantec in 2008.
At number 13, was Eugeni Tsvetnenko, who - once upon a time - was a computer programmer.
CSG’s top head, Denis Mackenzie, debuted at number 15. He was followed by Steve Ottrim at 16, who had a company called Majitek that was eventually sold to Cisco.
Andrew Barlow and Adrian Giles, were listed at 18. They were behind the company Hitwise, which was sold to Experian.
IT identities that have left the list include iiNet’s Michael Malone and former SCentral head, Peter Mavridis.Read more: Contexti appoints new chief engineer
Other tech heads that made it in the top 100 include:
- 26: Netbox Blue’s Trent Davis
- 37: Aconex’s Leigh Jasper and Robert Phillpot
- 41: SpringSource’s Rod Johnson
- 44 and 48: Pipe Network’s Bevan Slattery and Stephen Baxter
- 54: Netspace’s Stuart Marburg and Richard Preen
- 71: Protocom Development Systems’ Jason Hart
- 72: Kogan Technologies’ Ruslan Kogan
- 75: M2 Telecommunications’ Vaughan Bowen
- 80: dstore’s David Gold
- 93: Macquarie Hosting’s Aidan Tudehope
- 98: PermissionCorp’s Bob Cheng
- 99: Tapulous’ Andrew Lacy