Few TV shows have captured the imagination of viewers as much as Survivor, the hit show that pits 16 contestants against nature–and each other–on a tropical isle. The show divides the contestants into tribes, which compete in contests of skill. Each week the losing tribe votes to expel a member from the island, until only one remains–the hearty individual who has bested personal politicking, petty bickering, and the occasional meal of grilled rat to reign as sole survivor. But why not populate the island with computer-industry heavyweights? After all, who’s more familiar with personal politicking, petty bickering, and vermin than the titans of Silicon Valley?–Philip Michaels
Steve Jobs, Apple CEO
So resilient that even if he’s voted off, he’ll return later in the role of interim tribe member.
Stubbornly refuses to stay in tribe’s hut until it’s translucent and candy colored.
Bill Gates, Microsoft founder
In exchange for support from other tribe members, he offers to buy them their own island.
Builds haphazardly erected huts that mimic Apple tribe’s design but periodically tip over.
Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO
Uses cunning private investigators to dig up dirt on rivals and teammates.
Inexplicable fear of wicker.