from Forbes Asap 4/2001 (so some may have dropped significantly since then...)
Sanjiv Sidhu, i2, $6.8B; started in bedroom 12 years ago
Charles Wang, ComputerAssociates, $1.B
Keith Krach, Ariba $0.7B
DavidOros, AetherSystems (wireless software), $0.4B
Strangely, the numbers above don't track very well with the online Forbes database.
- the software list for 2001, and that year's Technology http://www.forbes.com/lists/results.jhtml?passListId=54&passYear=2001&passListType=Person&resultsStart=1&resultsHowMany=25&resultsSortProperties=-numberfield2%2C%2Bstringfield1&resultsSortCategoryName=worth+%28%24mil%29&searchParameter1=5Str%7C%7CPatCS%7C%7Ctechnology |list
- same category for 2004 has only 4 names. But that's because most of those people got moved to a Technology category.
lowering the bar
Do you really need wealth measured in the hundred-millions like the Forbes list? I don't (don't tell Jihi).
So you could include:
Martin Cagan (Silicon Valley Product Group) thinks of lots of these guys as Product Manager-s. Interestingly, none of these leaders went to business school, and several of them didn't even finish college. But they all had an intimate understanding of an underserved market, a passion for finding a better solution, and a deep knowledge of emerging technologies and how they might be applied to their respective problems... I don't believe that any of them would say they were "market-driven" in the sense that it is typically used today. They didn't go out and gather customer requirements which then told them what to build. But they did, in a very real and meaningful sense, spend time with and get to know the people that would become their customers.