Above image, from left to right, Steve Jobs (Featureflash / Shutterstock.com), J.J. Abrams (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com), Bill Gates (JStone / Shutterstock.com) and Mark Zuckerberg (Kobby Dagan / Shutterstock.com)
This list was written not just from the point of view of monetary power, but from cultural significance and, for a few of these folks, general awesomeness.
George R.R. Martin
For writing A Song of Ice and Fire, effectively reinvigorating a whole host of fantasy fans, and inspiring the wildly popular Game of Thrones television series.
Steve Jobs (even though he’s no longer around)
For his continued influence on the home computing world, and because he taught us all to think different.
For bringing the Star Trek universe back to the big screen in all its shiny glory, for making Benedict Cumberbatch Khan, and for Lost, I guess.
For making Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and that Avengers movie that spawned Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and for always having nerds’ best interests in the media.
For being the head honcho of Nintendo and releasing title after super nerdy, mad enjoyable title on the weirdest and best consoles ever.
For being the contentious but admittedly genius inventor of Facebook, and for ushering in an Internet age where Big Brother may actually be watching us.
For being the CEO of Google, creating the program that ranks pages, and basically controlling all our online actions forever and ever.
For introducing the Force to the world, making us all wish we had a lightsaber, and basically revolutionizing the way filmmakers work.
For being Microsoft, more or less, and rivalling Steve Jobs’ influence on the modern computing universe.
For being still alive as the wizard Mordenkainen, giving nerds and geeks the opportunity to enter worlds of epic imagination, and revolutionizing gaming as we know it.