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After the success of 2010?s The Social Network, this year sees two more films chronicling the lives of real-life tech geniuses. Jobs tells the story of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, with Ashton Kutcher playing the late entrepreneur.

 Here we round up real-life tech geniuses and the films based on their life stories.

1. Julian Assange - The

Fifth Estate

Julian Assange started out as a hacker as a teenager, later becoming a computer programmer before founding information-sharing organisation WikiLeaks in 2006. The story of Assange and WikiLeaks is being brought to the big screen in The Fifth Estate, with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch playing the controversial figure.

2. Steve Jobs - Jobs

Steve Jobs was a co-founder of Apple Inc and Pixar. As CEO of Apple he oversaw the development of such innovations as the iMac, the iPod and the iPhone before stepping down due to ill health in 2011. He died later that year. Forthcoming film Jobs stars Ashton Kutcher as the Apple boss, telling the story of his rise from college dropout to one of the most famous entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

3. MARK Zuckerberg -

The Social Network

Mark Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and internet entrepreneur, best known for being one of five co-founders of Facebook. Zuckerberg was played by Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network (2010), the Aaron Sorkin-penned drama telling the story of the site’s founding - and the subsequent lawsuits.

4. Bill Gates (and Steve Jobs) - Pirates of Silicon Valley

1999 TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley explored the impact of the rivalry between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates on the development of the personal computer. ER star Noah Wyle starred as Jobs, with Anthony Michael Hall playing Gates.

5. Alan Turing - Breaking The Code

1996 film Breaking The Code starred Derek Jacobi as English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital computer. One of the key figures in the breaking of the Enigma code, used by the Germans to send secret orders to their U-boats in World War II, Turing found himself prosecuted for immoral acts in 1952 and died two years later. His story will once again be told in The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, with the film slated for release in 2014.