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"The richest programmers, like Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google, become billionaires."

I've often replied to people who ask 'why do you do programming' with 'there's been more billionaires under 40 from programming than any other field'. I admit to making it up, and don't know (or care) if it's true, but it certainly gives them something to think about and smash the nerdy-IT guy image they invariably have in their heads.

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