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LIFE.com: Today's Most Important Geeks

Dark Lord of the Geeks

You can't do any list related to geekdom without mentioning "Star Wars," and you can't mention "Star Wars" without paying homage to the master of that galaxy far, far away himself — George Lucas. The USC film student who gave up a chance to work "Apocalypse Now" to dedicate himself to an off-the-wall film about robots, walking dogs, and 7-foot-tall asthmatics is now the undisputed lord of a media empire worth billions. (Handout/Getty Images/LIFE.com)
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