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List of famous software developers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top software developers in the world? This includes the most prominent software developers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also be interested in famous web developers and famous video game developers. This list of notable software developers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic software developers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned software developers.

Everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to Sergey Brin is included on this list of popular software engineers and programmers. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known software developers to the lesser known software developers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the software developer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous software developers ever?" and "What are the names of famous software developers?" then you're in the right place. 

Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of five co-founders of the social networking website Facebook. Zuckerberg was made the chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Inc. in April 2013. and his personal wealth, as of March 2015, ...more

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Age: 32

Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Schools: Mercy College, Ardsley High School, Harvard University, Phillips Exeter Academy

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates ...more

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor Entrepreneur

Schools: Lakeside School, Harvard College

Credits: The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, Freakonomics, Give Us the Money, The Billionaires' Pledge

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Sergey Brin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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Sergey Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, where he received his master's degree. ...more

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Age: 43

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Profession: Executive Management, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist Internet Entrepreneur

Schools: University of Maryland, College Park, Stanford University, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Major/Field Of Study: Mathematics, Computer Science

Credits: The Internship

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#25 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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Larry Ellison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison is an American programmer, internet entrepreneur, adventurer, businessman and philanthropist. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the software company Oracle Corporation between its foundation in 1977 and 2014. In 2014, he was listed by Forbes as the ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Lower East Side

Profession: Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur

Schools: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Chicago, South Shore High School

Credits: Iron Man 2^! The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires^! The Wind Gods^! Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance

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Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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Stephen Gary "Steve" Wozniak, known as "Woz", is an American inventor, electronics engineer, and computer programmer who co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. Wozniak single-handedly designed both the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s. These computers contributed ...more

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Age: 66

Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor Computer scientist, + more

Schools: De Anza College, Homestead High School, University of California, Berkeley

Major/Field Of Study: EECS

Credits: Dancing with the Stars, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List

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Larry Page is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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Larry Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as president of products in April 2001. He continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin. The son ...more

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Age: 44

Birthplace: East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Internet Entrepreneur

Schools: Stanford University, University of Michigan, Montessori Radmoor, East Lansing High School

Major/Field Of Study: Computer Engineering, Computer Science

Credits: Montessori Rising, Broken Arrows, Charlie Rose, The Barbara Walters Summer Special

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#15 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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Vint Cerf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications ...more

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Age: 73

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Profession: Computer scientist, Engineer

Schools: University of California, Los Angeles, Stanford University, Van Nuys High School

Major/Field Of Study: Mathematics, Computer Science

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Linus Torvalds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish American software engineer, who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel that became the most popular kernel for operating systems. He later became the chief architect of the Linux kernel and now acts as the project's coordinator. He ...more

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Profession: Programmer, Software Engineer, Scientist

Schools: University of Helsinki

Major/Field Of Study: Computer Science

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#2 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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