If it’s hard enough to earn your first million before you’re thirties, then how much more earning a billion?
There’s no denying that it’s difficult, but that doesn’t mean impossible. Just because you lack years of experience doesn’t mean you also lack the ability to make big money. If you find that hard to believe, read about these young men and women that have proven that youth is an edge and not a disadvantage.
Mark Zuckerberg – 29, $34 Billion
The first one on the list is perhaps the most famous twenty-year old billionaire in the world. It’s impossible that you haven’t heard of him yet, unless you haven’t gone online for the past five years.
If you’ve been using this social media juggernaut but have no idea who this seemingly geeky Harvard dropout is, then it’s about time you found out that he is one of the founders and the current head of the site you probably spend most of your online hours on, Facebook.
Dustin Moskovitz – 29, $6.8 Billion
Although a lot more obscure as compared to the latter, Dustin Moskovitz is also one of the founders of Facebook. And being one of the pioneers of an internet giant that has changed life as we know it, it’s already a given that he has earned quite a handful out of it. However, in 2008, he left the company he co-founded and started his own software company called Asana, which is designed to help teams work effectively.
Evan Spiegel – 24, $1.5 Billion
What were you doing at age 24? Going to a day job? Partying? Writing articles for a living? How about earning more than your parents? Well, the last was quite unlikely, but to Evan Spiegel, it’s definitely not. This mogul got his claim to fame and riches through the app Snapchat, which began as a project for a class in his undergraduate degree in Stanford University. The app is now worth $10 billion and is one of the top ten apps in the Apple Store.
Anton Kathrein – 29, $1.35 Billion
Not all billionaires are self-made; some inherited the assets from their parents. But with great money comes great responsibility. You can’t just take what you’re given and refuse to let it grow. You have to keep the legacy and work from there, and that’s what Anton Kathrein did.
Anton Kathrein’s father ran the Kathrein-Wenke AG, a communications tech company, until his untimely death in 2012. Anton, who was just 28 at that time, did what was difficult but necessary – manage the business his grandfather built way back in 1919. And manage it right he did, as he gained the confidence of investors and his board members.
Perenna Kei – 24, $1.3 Billion
The young, mysterious billionaire character archetype is common in fiction, not so much in real life. If there’d be a person like that, the University of London double-degree graduate Perenna Kei would fit the bill.
Coming into the Forbes List from virtually out of the blue, she acquired 85% stake of Logan Property Holdings, a real estate company her father manages.
Young, wealthy, and successful – it’s easy to be envious of them, doesn’t it? Well, instead of wishing you were them, try to be like them. Who knows? If you’re young enough, you’ll make the list.