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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
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (; born May 14, 1984) is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. Zuckerberg is known for co-founding and leading Facebook as its chairman and chief ...more

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is best known as the principal founder of Microsoft ...more

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Sergey Brin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google. ...more

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Larry Ellison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Lawrence Joseph Ellison (born August 17, 1944) is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who is a co-founder and the executive chairman and chief technology officer (CTO) of ...more

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Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Stephen Gary "Woz" Wozniak (; born August 11, 1950) is an American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur. In 1976 he co-founded Apple ...more

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Larry Page is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Lawrence Edward Page (born March 26, 1973) is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin.Page is the chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. ...more

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Vint Cerf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Vinton Gray Cerf ForMemRS, (; born June 23, 1943) is an American Internet pioneer and is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet", sharing this title with TCP/IP co-inventor ...more
Linus Torvalds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Linus Benedict Torvalds (; Finland Swedish: [ˈliːnɵs ˈtuːrvalds] (listen); born December 28, 1969) is a Finnish-American software engineer who is the creator and, historically, the principal ...more
Kevin Systrom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Kevin Systrom
Kevin Systrom is an American entrepreneur and software engineer, best known as the co‑founder and CEO of Instagram, an online mobile photo, video sharing application and social networking ...more
Alexander Stepanov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Alexander Stepanov
Alexander Alexandrovich Stepanov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Степа́нов), born November 16, 1950 in Moscow, is a Russian computer programmer, best known as an advocate of generic ...more
Mike Krieger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Mike Krieger
Michel "Mike" Krieger is a Brazilian entrepreneur and software engineer, who is best known as the co-founder of Instagram along with Kevin Systrom. Born in São Paulo, São ...more
Evan Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Evan Spiegel is a software developer.
Richard Stallman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Richard Matthew Stallman (; born March 16, 1953), often known by his initials, rms, (also his email ID), and occasionally upper-case RMS, is an American free software movement activist and ...more
Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed ...more

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Hans Reiser is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Hans Thomas Reiser (born December 19, 1963) is an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, and convicted murderer. In April 2008, Reiser was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife, ...more
Rob Pike is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Robert "Rob" C. Pike (born 1956) is a Canadian programmer and author. He is best known for his work on the Go programming language and at Bell Labs, where he was a member of the Unix ...more
Eric S. Raymond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Eric Steven Raymond (born December 4, 1957), often referred to as ESR, is an American software developer, author of the widely cited 1997 essay and 1999 book The Cathedral and the Bazaar and ...more
David Nelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
David Nelson (born May 25, 1993) is an American software developer and CEO of Motion AI, an Artificial Intelligence software company.
Steve Capps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Steve Capps
Steve Capps is an American computer programmer, who was one of the designers of the original Apple Macintosh computer.Capps started working at the Xerox Corporation while still a computer ...more
Adam Mokan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Jack Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Jack Patrick Dorsey (born November 19, 1976) is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur who is co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and the founder and CEO of Square, a mobile ...more
Blake Ross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Blake Aaron Ross (born June 12, 1985) is an American software engineer who is best known for his work as the co-creator of the Mozilla Firefox internet browser with Dave Hyatt. In 2005, he was ...more
Ulrich Drepper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Ulrich Drepper
Ulrich Drepper was the lead contributor and maintainer of the GNU C Library.
Robert Cook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Veda Hlubinka-Cook (born Robert Cook) is a co-founder of Metaweb. She was a software programmer at Brøderbund in the 1980s and was the model for one of the characters in Jordan Mechner's ...more
Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Marc Lowell Andreessen ( ann-DREE-sən; born July 9, 1971) is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is the co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; ...more