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

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From reputable, prominent, and well known software architects to the lesser known software architects of today, these are some of the best professionals in the software architect field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous software architects ever?" and "What are the names of famous software architects?" then you're in the right place. (43 items)
Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Software Architects
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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 on Wikipedia

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Charles Simonyi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Software Architects
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Charles Simonyi, son of Károly Simonyi, is a Hungarian-American computer software executive who, as head of Microsoft's application software group, oversaw the creation of Microsoft's flagship Office suite of applications. He now heads his own company, Intentional Software, with the aim of developing and marketing his concept of intentional programming. In April 2007, aboard Soyuz TMA-10, he became the fifth space tourist and the second Hungarian in space. In March 2009, aboard Soyuz TMA-14, he made a second trip to the International Space Station. His estimated net worth is US$1 billion. ...more on Wikipedia

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Jack Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Software Architects
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Jack Dorsey is an American computer programmer and businessman widely known as a co-founder of Twitter, and as the founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company. In 2008, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. For 2012, The Wall Street Journal gave him the "Innovator of the Year Award" for technology. ...more on Wikipedia

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Thomas Knoll is an American software engineer who created Adobe Photoshop. He initiated the development of image processing routines in 1988. After Tom created the first core routines, he showed them to his brother, John Knoll, who worked at Industrial Light and Magic. John liked what he saw, suggested new features, and encouraged Tom to bundle them into a package with a graphical user interface. In 1989, John successfully sold the program to Adobe Systems which brought it out as Photoshop. Tom was the lead developer until version CS4, and currently contributes to work on the Camera Raw plug-in to process raw images from cameras. Knoll was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and ...more on Wikipedia

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