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15 Tech Stars Living Incredible Lives

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 22 November 2012, 14:58 Hrs
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# 4 Bill Gates: From ruthless tycoon to full-time philanthropist

The co-founder of the software giant Microsoft with Paul Allen, Bill Gates held the title of “world’s richest man” man for a long time. Even after all his philanthropic works and donations, he is yet the second richest man in the world. But he's also had an amazing personal arc. He started out as a sharp-tongued, brilliant-but-brutal businessman who steered his company into a massive antitrust lawsuit. Today he's known for his charity, working on some of world's most difficult problems like clean water and poverty.

He and his buddy Warren Buffett also created the Giving Pledge, a campaign in which they persuade other wealthy people to promise to give most of their money away to philanthropic causes.

#3 Marc Benioff: Tech visionary and adventurer

Marc Russell Benioff is the founder, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, a cloud computing company.

He known not only as the person who changed the way the software was made but also created a new philanthropic model of giving.

His 1-1-1 program encourages companies to give to charity as they grow, rather than waiting until the end of their lives. He donates 1% of his company's equity, 1% of its product, and 1% of employees' time to good causes.

He lives a life which includes endless escapade of exotic travel, walking on coals, bungee jumping, and other such stunts. To chill out, he practices yoga.

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