This list of creative entrepreneurs includes some of the best and brightest who decided to get started early on the quest to make a fortune or be successful and address a unique need in the marketplace. Often time we come up with great ideas while falling asleep or driving or waiting at the train station, but most of the time we will think “nah! that’s just me day dreaming” or “what am I thinking? someone’s probably already doing that” Well the truth is, sometimes it might be like that, but it’s people like the ones on this list who took their chances who prove us wrong if we go out thinking this way.
This list is a top 10 review of the world’s recent most successful young entrepreneurs.
1. Mark Zukerburg
Estimated net worth: $46.1 billion
Mark Zuckerberg, aka “Slayer” to his former frat bros, launched “thefacebook.com” from his Harvard dorm room on Feb. 4, 2004. He was just 19 at the time and “didn’t know much about business back then.” Two years before that instant-hit stroke of genius, when he was still in high school, the coding wunderkind turned down a $1 million offer from Microsoft. Along with AOL, Bill Gates’ software company wanted to scoop up Zuckerberg’s Synapse Media Player, an innovative music streaming app he invented. Zuck was wise and held out. Later, MTV wanted to buy Facebook for $75 million. Again, he didn’t budge. After all, that’s chump change to the high roller now. It is no doubt that he is the greatest young entrepreneur of our time. And is also an inspiration to the up coming young entrepreneurs.
2. Dustin Moskovitz
Estimated net worth: $9.3 billion
Dustin Moskovitz, nicknamed “Destroyer” during his four-year founding run at Facebook, lucked out as one of Mark Zuckerberg’s dormitory roommates at Harvard. Facebook’s first chief technology officer also dropped out of the Ivy League institution after moving to Palo Alto, Calif., to springboard the social behemoth to the next level. The self-taught coder, who learned to program specifically to launch Facebook, later left the company to co-found Asana, an app that enables coworkers to collaborate without email.
3. Yang Huiyan
Company: Country Garden Holdings
Estimated net worth: $5.9 billion
China native Yang Huiyan who happens to be the worlds youngest female entrepreneur with received much of her real estate magnate father’s fortune when he transferred his property development company, Country Garden Holdings, to her in 2007. The momentous change of hands made her the youngest female billionaire in the world at the time. The reportedly low-key Ohio State University grad is now believed to be the richest woman in Asia.
4. Eduardo Saverin
Net worth: $5.3 billion
Brazil-born Eduardo Saverin met Mark Zuckerberg during his junior year at Harvard and quickly became best friends with him. The Facebook co-founder — and first investor and chief financial officer — was famously jilted by Zuckerberg just after the social network took off.
Brutally screwed out of his original 30 percent stake in the company, the serial angel investor sued Zuckerberg, eventually settling out of court for an undisclosed amount. We will likely never know how much Zuck forked over, as Saverin, like the Winklevoss twins, was made to sign a non-disclosure agreement as part of the deal.
The accomplished economist and serial angel investor is now on the board of directors of 99.co, a Singapore-based real estate buying and selling platform. Had Saverin kept his original stake in Facebook, he’d now be worth somewhere near $34 billion.
5. Scott Duncan
Company: Enterprise Product Partners
Estimated net worth: $5 billion
Scott Duncan is living proof that you don’t have to be a Silicon Valley tech wizard to be in the billionaire club these days. The golden spooner inherited his father’s astronomically successful energy pipeline company in 2010, alongside his three sisters. And you bet they’re billionaires, too.
The Houston-based big game hunter may have grown up rich, but his entrepreneur father, Dan Duncan, hailed from humble beginnings. The son of an impoverished farmer, he launched Enterprise with $10,000 and two propane trucks. From there, he slowly, steadily amassed a monumental oil and gas fortune that his children reap the benefits of today.
6. Elizabeth Holmes
Estimated net worth: $4.5 billion
Like Mark Zuckerberg, Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of an Ivy League university during her sophomore year to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. At age 19, the ambitious chemical engineering major quit Stanford and bootstrapped Theranos, a revolutionary Palo Alto, Calif.-based blood diagnostics startup, mainly with money her parents saved for her college education.
The now-$9 billion company, poised to upend the $73 billion dollar diagnostics industry, was recently rocked by an explosive Wall Street Journal exposè. The tell-all alleges that Theranos has struggled with and neglected to use its proprietary fingertip-prick blood test technology. Holmes has hit back at the criticism, saying the company is awaiting FDA approval it will “absolutely” get.
Elizabeth Holmes is still young and strive to attain more as an entrepreneur and business woman.
7. Nathan Blecharczyk
Estimated net worth: $3 billion
He is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Airbnb.
In 2015, he was the 1006th richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of US$1.9 billion according to Forbes. As of March 2016 his personal fortune is estimated to be at around $3.3 billion.
On June 1, 2016, Blecharczyk joined Warren Buffett and Bill Gates’ ‘The Giving Plegde’, a select group of billionaires who have committed to give the majority of their wealth away.
8. Brian Chesky
Estimated net worth: $3 billion
Brian Chesky cofounded peer-to-peer room and home rental company Airbnb.
CEO Chesky has led Airbnb, founded in 2008, to a valuation of more than $25 billion; in August 2016, the company was reported to be raising $850 million at a $30 billion valuation. A former bodybuilder, Chesky attended the Rhode Island School of Design with Joe Gebbia before the two started what was then Airbedandbreakfast.com in San Francisco with Nathan Blecharczyk.More than 60 million people have used the rental service, which operates in 34,000 cities in 191 countries. In May 2015, the Obama Administration named Chesky a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.
9. Joe Gebbia
Estimated net worth: $3 billion
Joe Gebbia is a cofounder of peer-to-peer home and apartment rental company Airbnb, which was valued by investors at more than $25 billion in June 2015. The company is reportedly raising another $850 million at a $30 billion valuation as of August 2016. As chief product officer, Gebbia helped Airbnb make a push into business travel in 2015, while expanding in new markets like Africa and Cuba. Gebbia came up with the idea for the company in 2008 with classmate Brian Chesky, now the CEO, after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design. More than 60 million people have used Airbnb, which lists more than 2 million homes and apartments and operates in 191 countries. He is so motivating in his actions. He is a great entrepreneur and a business man at a very young age.
10. Thomas Person
Company: Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)
Estimated net worth: $2.7 billion
Swedish heartthrob Thomas Persson is living the luxe life thanks to a popular cheap chic retailer you know as H&M. While its image is hot, young and current, the story of the Swedish company behind the brand dates back to 1968, when Persson’s grandfather merged two European apparel shops by the names of Hennes and Mauritz Widforss. Now you know.
The billionaire bachelor’s father is Sweden’s richest person, and his brother, sister and aunt are all billionaires, too. When Persson’s not busy globetrotting, gracing glitzy red carpets and painting the town red, the London Met Film School grad dabbles in film production.