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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 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 ...more
Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the ...more
Sergey Brin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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 ...more
Larry Ellison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison is an American programmer, internet entrepreneur, adventurer, businessman and philanthropist. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the software company ...more
Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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 ...more
Larry Page is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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 ...more
Vint Cerf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for ...more
Linus Torvalds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
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. ...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, born November 16, 1950 in Moscow, is the primary designer and implementer of the C++ Standard Template Library, which he started to develop around 1992 while ...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, often known by his initials, rms, is a software freedom activist and computer programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in a manner such that its users ...more
Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's ...more
Hans Reiser is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Hans Thomas Reiser is an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, and convicted murderer. He is the creator and primary developer of the ReiserFS computer file system, which is contained ...more
Rob Pike is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Robert Pike is a Canadian software engineer and author. He is best known for his work at Bell Labs, where he was a member of the Unix team and was involved in the creation of the Plan 9 from ...more
Eric S. Raymond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Eric Steven Raymond, 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 other works, and open ...more
David Nelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
David Nelson is an American software developer and co-founder of NELN, a software development and media 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 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 ...more
Blake Ross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Blake Aaron Ross 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 nominated for Wired ...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
Robert Cook is co-founder and SVP Platform Partnerships at Metaweb.  You can find out more about him at his Freebase user page.
Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Software Developers
Marc Lowell Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is best known as coauthor of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; as cofounder of Netscape ...more