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A look at how tech moguls spend their wealth

Last updated on: January 25, 2013 09:19 IST

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What would you do if you had billions of dollars? Maybe you would spend it on supercars, yachts and mansions. But after you have bought everything you possibly could, what then?

Let's take a look at some tech tycoons who, after buying everything they desired, are now indulging in their favourite hobbies.

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Larry Ellison

Net worth: $41 billion

Occupation: CEO, Oracle Corporation

Hobby: $1 billion on a medical foundation that focuses on diseases related to ageing

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Image: Larry Ellison with fiancee Melanie Craft in Hollywood.
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Bill Gates

Net worth: $66 billion

Occupation: Co-founder and Chairman, Microsoft

Hobby: Reinventing the toilet. He said in a blog that he was looking for methods to capture and process human waste and transform it into useful resources.

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Image: Bill Gates with wife Melinda in Davos, Switzerland.
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Paul Allen

Net worth: $15 billion

Occupation: Co-founder, Microsoft

Hobby: Apart from owning multiple professional sports teams, building a rock-and-roll museum, collecting vintage WWII planes, he has also invested a half billion dollars into the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

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Image: Paul Allen at the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, United States.
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Vinod Khosla

Net worth: $1.4 billion

Occupation: Venture capitalist, Khosla Ventures

Hobby: He is backing a startup working on fake cheese; one working on less-salty salt; and Unreal, a candy maker which promises healthier sweets.

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Image: Vinod Khosla in Dana Point, California.
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Biz Stone

Net worth: N/A

Occupation: Co-founder and Creative Director, Twitter

Hobby: He is backing a company making fake meat. The company makes realistic fake chicken and will increase availability this year.

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Image: Biz Stone in Seoul, South Korea.
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Peter Thiel

Net worth: $1.5 billion

Occupation: Managing partner, The Founders Fund

Hobby: He has set up a foundation that contributes to a number of anti-ageing research projects.

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Image: Peter Thiel in Washington, DC.
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Sergey Brin

Net worth: $20.3 billion

Occupation: Computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur

Hobby: His genetic-testing startup 23andMe, co-founded by his wife, Anne Wojcicki, targets Parkinson's and other gene-linked diseases.

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Image: Sergey Brin in Mountain View, California.
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Jeff Bezos

Net worth: $23.2 billion

Occupation: Chairman and CEO, Amazon.com

Hobby: He is spending $42 million to build a giant clock that will chime every year, decade, century, and millennium - for the next 10,000 years.

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Image: Jeff Bezos with wife Mackenzie in New York.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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Michael Dell

Net worth: $14.6 billion

Occupation: Founder, Chairman and CEO, Dell

Hobby: In 2010, his private investment company, MSD Capital, bought the Magnum Collection. It includes more than 180,000 of some of the nation's most important and memorable photographs taken since 1947.

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Image: Michael Dell in Sun Valley, Idaho, United States.
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Marc Benioff

Net worth: $2.2 billion

Occupation: Founder, Chairman and CEO, salesforce.com

Hobby: Benioff is best known for his $100 million donation for the 180-bed UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He was drawn to UCSF because of its "pioneering work with fetal surgery", he told Forbes magazine.

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Image: Marc Benioff in San Francisco, California.
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Dustin Moskovitz

Net worth: $3.5 billion

Occupation: Co-founder, Facebook

Hobby: His foundation, Good Ventures, donated $500,000 to fight malaria and another $250,000 to fight schistosomiasis, a disease caused by parasitic worms.

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David Sacks

Net worth: N/A

Occupation: Founder, Yammer

Hobby: Through his production company, Room 9, Sacks produced the film Thank You For Smoking, which grossed some $39 million worldwide. That wasn't Room 9's only film. It also produced Dumbstruck, a movie about professional ventriloquists.

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Image: David Sacks in San Francisco, California.
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Hasso Plattner

Net worth: $6.7 billion

Occupation: Founder, SAP

Hobby: He has donated millions to fighting Aids. He hosts concerts to raise Aids awareness at his luxury golf estate in South Africa, a country hard-hit by the disease.

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John Chambers

Net worth: $3.36 million

Occupation: CEO and Chairman of the Board, Cisco Systems

Hobby: A year ago he donated $750,000 for cancer research at West Virginia University.

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Image: John Chambers in New York.
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Mark Zuckerberg

Net worth: $9.4 billion

Occupation: Co-founder, Facebook

Hobby: In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg started his brand-new education foundation with a bang: He gave $100 million to the public school system of Newark, New Jersey. That year he also signed the Giving Pledge and vowed to give away most of his money to more education and health charities.


Image: Mark Zuckerberg with wife Priscilla Chan in Shanghai.
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