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From Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, twins that turned into power duos

These sets of twins share more than DNA.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 04.04 PM IST
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Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss (right) to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (left).
Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss (right) to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (left).
Two heads are better than one. And if you throw in some shared DNA and life experiences, then it gets even better. Take a look at these sets of twins that turned into major power duos.

Tech two
George and Thomas Kurian

From Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, twins that turned into power duos
From left: Brothers Thomas, Jacob, George and Mathew Kurian in 1987. (Image: BCCL)

George Kurian, the CEO of NetApp, and Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s president of product development are literal doppelgangers. They rose to the top with so much togetherness, at one point they literally got up and switched jobs, sending each of them on their current path to success. George was appointed CEO of $5.5 billion storage company NetApp about a year ago. Thomas has spent nearly 20 years at Oracle. He reports to Oracle’s executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison, and has even been rumoured to be in line to become CEO when Ellison fully retires.

Seeing more than double
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss

The Winklevoss brothers’ first claim to fame was their legal battle with Mark Zuckerberg over the ownership of Facebook. Cut to 2012, everyone laughed at them when they started buying bitcoins — lots of it. Now they’re laughing all the way to the bank. The 120,000 bitcoins they bought for less than $10 each are currently valued at roughly $1 billion. “We’ve turned that laughter and ridicule into oxygen and wind at our back,” Tyler said.

Not Poles apart
Lech and
Jarosław Kaczyński

The twins were born in Warsaw and were once child stars, acting in a famous Polish film together. But eventually they both entered politics, with Jarosław being the Prime Minister of Poland from July 2006 to November 2007 and the late Lech Kaczyn´ski serving as President of Poland from 2005 until his death in 2010. They were impossible to tell apart and quite close.

Tech two
George and Thomas Kurian


George Kurian, the CEO of NetApp, and Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s president of product developmen are literal doppelgangers. They rose to the top with so much togetherness, at one point they literally got up and switched jobs, sending each of them on their current path to success. George was appointed CEO of $5.5 billion storage company NetApp about a year ago. Thomas has spent nearly 20 years at Oracle. He reports to Oracle’s executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison, and has even been rumoured to be in line to become CEO when Ellison fully retires.

Double the funds
Sirs David Rowat and Frederick Hugh Barclay


Commonly referred to as the ‘Barclay Twins’, the British businessmen are identical and have earned a reputation for avoiding life in the public eye. But that’s not all they’ve earned. According to The Sunday Times Rich List of 2017, their estimated worth is roughly around £7.2 billion. They are well known for their real estate and hotel portfolio, which includes London’s Ritz and Monaco’s Mirabeau, as well as for owning the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and the Spectator.

Blonde ambition
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen


The Olsens have gone from being cute as a button to sharp as a whip. They’ve been making money since they were less than a year old (they got their first break acting when they were just nine months old) and currently have a net worth of $300 million. They’ve made their big bucks from acting in films and television but a large portion of their wealth comes from their apparel business, which they sell exclusively through Wal-Mart stores and top end retailers.

Teammates for life
Steve and Mark Waugh

There’s very little these two did without the other. The cricketing brothers worked together and played together quite literally. Both used to sell bats and packing boxes before moving on to cricket — with Steve leading the way before Mark and becoming one of Australia’s most successful captains. However, the latter was confident that he would make it too – and he did. Although their personalities were vastly different when it came to playing for Australia, both played with a passion that epitomised the robust Aussie spirit.
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