Young Tycoons in Endless Pursuit of Next Project

No rest for driven Silicon Valley moguls
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2007 9:54 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Rather than reveling in his $100 million fortune, mogul Max Levchin spent a year feeling "worthless and stupid" after he sold PayPal to eBay at the age of 27. Too young to retire, too restless to become a philanthropist, Max was like many young Silicon Valley tycoons dogged by their own over-achievement, the New York Times reports.

In the tech world, where the greatest status symbol often isn't wealth but the ability to bring out something new and better, young moguls work relentlessly to stay competitive with each other. Many are angst wracked when their success brings time to ponder the meaning of life. “You ask yourself, ‘Why am I not happier?’” one said.