Elon Musk Tops Tech Billionaires In Southern California

Forbes Magazine has released a list of the top technology billionaires in the world, with six Southern California technology moguls listed. Topping the list at #15 was Elon Musk, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, with a net worth of $13.9 billion; David Sun and John Tu, the co-founders of Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology, shared the spot at #41, with a net worth of $4.5 billion each. At #71, Jack Dangermond founder of Redlands-based GIS software giant ESRI, had $2.9 billion in net worth, followed by Henry Samueli, co-founder of Irvine's Broadcom, with $2.5 billion in net worth. Evan Spiegel, founder of Snapchat, just barely made the list at #99, with an estimated worth of $2.1 billion. Notably missing from Forbes' list--which excluded specifically excluded biotech and medical device related billionaires--was Patrick Soon-Shiong, who Forbes lists as having a net work of around $11.9 billion--but who has had an outsized influence on the LA technology world with both NantWorks and other efforts. Soon-Shiong has been included on Forbes' other lists. Photo: Elon Musk