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List of famous programmers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top programmers in the world? This includes the most prominent programmers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable programmers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic programmers 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 programmers.

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are included in this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known programmers to the lesser known programmers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the programmer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous programmers ever?" and "What are the names of famous programmers?" then you're in the right place. (990 items)
Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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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 held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, and was also the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He has also authored and co-authored several books. Today he is consistently ranked in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2014—excluding a few brief periods post-2008. Between 2009 and 2014 his wealth more than ...more

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Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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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, is estimated to be $35.1 billion. Mark Zuckerberg receives a one-dollar salary as CEO of Facebook. Together with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, Zuckerberg launched Facebook from Harvard University's dormitory rooms. The group then introduced Facebook onto other campuses nationwide and moved to Palo ...more

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Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Paul Gardner Allen is an American philanthropist, investor and innovator, best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation alongside Bill Gates. As of January 2015, he was estimated to be the 51st richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $17.5 billion. Allen is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which manages his various business and philanthropic efforts. Allen also has a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio including technology companies, real estate holdings, and stakes in other technology and media companies. He owns two professional sports teams, the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League, and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National ...more

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Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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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 significantly to the microcomputer revolution. ...more

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