1. Steve Ballmer
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has donated millions of dollars to his alma mater Harvard University to grow its computer science department by 50 percent, or fund 12 professorships.
Ballmer has not revealed the exact value of the gift, but he is not alone in the list of major names in technology who have supported universities around the world.
Here, ComputerworldUK looks at some of the tech-related donations have been made to UK universities.