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World Best Programmers Alive!

Pavel Durov, Russia's Zuckerberg, CEO of Vkontakte

Pavel is 27 years old and spent last weekend throwing money out of his office window. Plus, he recently published a manifesto urging Russia to tax manufacturing companies out of existence and sell territory to foreigners. Publishing manifestos is sexy.

Leah Culver, founder and CEO of Grove

Leah is the one holdover from our 2011 list. Because we had to. She likes to play around with new technology and try new restaurants in San Francisco. Plus, she's the boss. And being the boss is sexy.

Mike Singleton, engineer at Foursquare

As far as we can tell from his Twitter, he likes watching soccer, listening to Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros, eating affogato, and he vaguely followed the Facebook IPO. And eating affogato is sexy.

Corrine Yu, principal programmer of Microsoft's Halo

She programmed Brothers in Arms and Borderlands for XBOX 360, PS3, and PC. She oversaw Microsoft's production of Halo. And she's been called one of the most influential women in gaming in the last decade.
Influence is sexy.

Chuck Sumner, DBA at Twitter

His twitter handle is @choadrocker, so...

Sara Haider, engineer at Twitter

She used to work at Google. She ditched them for Twitter. Her creed is simple: "slice fruit, avoid bombs."

Omachonu Ogali, director of infrastructure at Blip.tv

He apparently admires socks that disparage your bike. That's aimlessly agressive, which is pretty sexy.

Jade Raymond, producer of Assassin's Creed and managing director of Ubisoft Toronto

Since she began her career coding at Sony, Jade has become a celebrity in the video game community. She has a fan site. A huge media presence. And in the case of a zombie apocalypse, she wouldn't want to rely on ammo, so she would wield a giant machete.

Matt Mullenweg, founder and lead developer of Wordpress

Another celebrity, Matt created the publishing software that supports 15% of the Internet. He says he "can't not work on WordPress." And being unable to not work is... super sexy.

Kaila MacDonald, web developer at Squareflo

Kaila has been at Squareflo for three years. She can communicate in sign language and in HTML.

Jon Dahl, founder and developer at Zencoder, Inc.

Jon founded Zencoder to offer cloud-encoding to companies. That's interesting, but even more interesting is that Jon is a so-called "philosophy/theology nerd." And theology is sexy.

Jenny Abrahamson, independent programmer in Mexico.

Most of what you can get about her is from her Twitter feed, which you've got to plug into Google translate if your Spanish is far from fluent. And Spanish is sexy.

Ben Humphreys, machine translation PhD candidate at Kyoto University

Machine Translator is an awesome title. He also knows Korean, French, and Japanese. He's mad cool.

Amanda Wixted, early Zynga employee, game-maker

Amanda was Zynga's 75th employee and led their mobile apps team. While at Zynga she turned down an early offer from Instagram. Now she's consulting for a bunch of companies. And consulting is sexy.

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
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Maybe you've heard of this guy. He's somewhat well-off and likes to take pictures of interviewers when they're not suspecting.

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