Top 10 cars: what the founders and CEOs of multi-billion dollar tech companies drive

Here’s your opportunity to find out what kind of cars the founders and CEOs of multi-billion dollar tech companies drive

by 08 September 2014

They can be divided into two categories: those who like to keep a low profile, preferring to drive around in old and cheap cars, despite their multi-billion dollar net-worth, and those who go for the ridiculously expensive machines.

Here are our top 10 tech billionaire and cars....

10. Mark Zuckerberg – founder and CEO of Facebook (Pagani Huayra – worth 1.3 million dollars)

Mark Zuckerberg; one of the five founder members of Facebook and certainly one of the most influential figures of the tech world. With a personal wealth in excess of 33 billion dollars, the 30-year-old billionaire has been spotted around in a Acura TSX and a Volkswagen Golf GTI, but Zuckerberg was recently reportedly to have bought a Pagani Huayra, the Italian super car, which boasts a starting price of 1.3 million dollars.

9. Larry Ellison – CEO of Oracle (Lexus LFA – 375,000 dollars)

In 2014, Forbes listed Larry Ellison, reportedly the third-wealthiest man in America and the fifth-wealthiest person in the world, with a fortune of 52 billion dollars, is best known as the co-founder and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, an enterprise software company. Aside owning many cars, he was recently seen driving around in a top-of-the-line Lexus LFA, which starts at 375,000 dollars.

8. Bill Gates – founder of Microsoft (Porsche 959 – $225,000 when new)

Now the world’s second richest man, having been dethroned by Carlos Slim, normally drives a Ford Focus, but now and then you may spot him in his favourite car. He has a big collection of some of the best machines ever made by the German automaker and that includes his favourite - the Porsche 959 Coupe. Famously dubbed as “Gates 959”, it is one of the pre-production Porsche 959’s built in the mid-eighties and was stored for 13 years by the Customs Service at the Port of Seattle due to regulations. Back in 1999, then-president Bill Clinton signed into law the “Show and Display” rule, which made certain highly collectible cars exempt from government safety and crash regulations. Bill Gates and other car nuts were more than influential in getting the law passed. This allowed Gates the freedom to drive his $225,000 Porsche 959 on the road.

7. Evan Spiegel – Snapchat founder and CEO (Ferrari)

The 24-year-old founder member and CEO of Snapchat, whose company is currently valued at close to 10 billion dollars, immediately bought himself a Ferrari after a Series B funding round in June last year.

6. Larry Page – Co-founder of Google (Tesla Roadster – 109,000 dollars)

Larry Page, one of the co-founders of Google and the current CEO of the company, is quite the environmentalist. He owns an electric bike and a Toyota Prius, and a Tesla Roadster. The Tesla Roadster is a Battery Electric Vehicle sports car, which has a chassis of a Lotus Elise but with an electric motor. The roadster travels at around 393 km on a single charge and can race from 0 to 60 km in just 3.9 seconds. It has a base price of 109, 000 dollars.

5. Sean Parker – Co-founder of Airtime (Tesla Model S – $100,000)

Facebook’s first president and former Napster cofounder Sean Parker is another Tesla fan. Started out as a rogue hacker during his teens, Parker went on to become the darling of tech world. He co-founded Plaxo, Causes, and Airtime and his net-worth currently is estimated to be close to 3 billion dollars. He drives an Audi S5 in San Francisco, which starts at 50,000 dollars. However, in Los Angeles he has been spotted driving a flashy 100,000 dollars Tesla Model S.

4. Steve Ballmer – former CEO of Microsoft (Ford Fusion Hybrid – 26,000 dollars)

The American businessman who was the CEO of Microsoft from January 2000 to February 2014 and is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers has a personal wealth of around 20.7 billion dollars but he still prefers to drive his Ford Fusion Hybrid.

3. Dustin Moskovitz – Co-founder of Facebook (Volkswagen R32 – 25,000 dollars)

The 30-year-old internet entrepreneur co-founded Facebook along with Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Chris Hughes. He left Facebook in 2008, but in March 2011, Forbes ranked Moskovitz as one of the world’s youngest self-made billionaires on the basis of his 2.34% share in Facebook. He has a net-worth of more than 6 billion dollars but drives a Volkswagen R32.

2. Jeff Bezos – CEO of Amazon (1996 Honda Accord – resale value of below 4,000 dollars.)

The American business magnate has a net worth of around 30 billion dollars but this tech genius still drives a 1996 Honda Accord. The same model today would cost below 4,000 dollars. He was born in New Mexico and his humble beginnings is considered as one of the crucial reasons for his massive success.

1. Travis Kalanick – Co-founder of taxi app service Uber (does not own a car, just hails an Uber cab)

Kalanick, 38, dropped out of UCLA and co-founded companies like Scour Inc. and peer-to-peer file-sharing platform Red Swoosh before teaming up with Garrett Camp to start the famous ride-sharing service Uber in 2009. The company was recently valued at 18.2 billion dollars. But despite his billion plus net-worth, Travis prefers to get around in Uber’s ride-on-demand service.