Yossi Vardi

Dubbed the godfather of Israel’s high-tech industry, Technion graduate Yossi Vardi has set up more than 60 companies in fields such as software, energy and water technology. In 1996, he funded his son Arik’s Mirabilis company, which went on to invent the instant messaging system, ICQ. The system was sold to AOL for £275million-plus.