42. Jim Davidson and Glenn Hutchins
42. Jim Davidson and Glenn Hutchins
Co-CEOs, Silver Lake

Davidson and Hutchins scored a major payday back in May, when their Palo Alto-based private equity firm sold Skype to Microsoft for a cool $8.5 billion. Eighteen months earlier, Silver Lake had led a group of investors that bought the troubled Internet telephony service from eBay. Davidson and other Silver Lake executives put $940 million of the firm's money into the Skype deal, which was the biggest investment in Silver Lake's 12-year history. After overhauling Skype and closing the Microsoft deal, they walked away with $2.9 billion.

By Richard McGill Murphy, contributor @FortuneMagazine - Last updated November 17 2011: 5:58 PM ET
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