Paying out student debt, exploring out a career, and working out new businesses and personal relationships….that’s pretty much how most twenty and thirty-something balance their time. But some of us, it appears, are more than a little driven by the big bucks at much earlier age.
In 1987, Bill Gates, at 31 years of age, become a self-made billionaire. just over 20 years later, in 2008, Mark Zuckeberg took the title for youngest self-made billionaire when he reached that status at just 23 years old. Our billionaire seem to be getting younger and younger. But who else reached billionaire status as a younger? That’s what we found out.
1. Perhaps the youngest billionaire in the world right now is a 23 year old Alexandra Anderson, an investment banker and a family tobacco fortune, is a typical young billionaire. Because her dad’s company is now worth a $1.28 billion, she and her 22 year old sister are currently the youngest billionaires in the world. Alexandra enjoys horse riding, and is said to own at least six of the horses. The net wealth of the horses is currently unknown.
2. The aforementioned Mark Zuckeberg was just 23 years old when Facebook exploded from his college dormitory and into the world’s biggest social network website. Even after taking at a hit after flotation, Zuckeberg is still worth something around the staggering 72 billion dollar mark……feel for lad who has yet to hit 35 years of age.
3. The slightly older co-founder of Napster, Sean Parker, was an early mentor to Mark Zuckeberg and an early investor in Spotify and other start-up tech companies. He’s currently hold 2 billion dollars to his name, and reached billionaire status in 2005 at the ripe old age of 26. Parker proves that having a finger in many tech pies is the best way forward to gather a fortune in your earlier years.
4. Snapchat co-founder Evan spiegel a billionaire in 2015 at the age of 25, making him one of the youngest self-made billionaires.He’s now worth at 2.1 billion. Snapchat is a photo messaging service that exchanges photos between friends and was valued at 10 billion dollars in 2014.
5. Representing China Wang yue become a billionaire at the age of 29 through development of online and mobile gaming. Wang, formally of 51.com, has built King.net into a leading online and mobile game service and also runs a popular mobile phone application.
6. Meanwhile Larry Page earned his first billion in 2004 at age 30, making google’s co-founder one of the youngest to first hit the billion sweet spot. Today Larry estimated to be worth around 35 billion dollars, according to, you guessed it, Google.
7. Lukas Walton, son of Walmart founder sam, recive a sum of the estate following his father’s death, making john, at age 31, a young billionaire who got his money the old fashioned way – through inheritance. The fortune was thought to have been left to his mom Christy Walton, but recent news indicates Lukas was the main benificery of the Walmart billions. Lucky him.
8. 2015’s richest man, the above-mentioned Bill Gates, had his first billion by the age of 31. Today gates is worth around 91.2 billion dollars, and is still going strong.
9. Representing the energy sector, Scott Duncan, at age of 34, is worth over 5 and a half billion dollars after he began pipeline company Enterprise pipelines, with inherited money.Duncan is a young gun in an old man’s game.
10. Amazon’s co-founder Jeff Bezoz raked in his first million at age 35 in the year 1999. The ceo’s shares in the global mail order service brought him from millionaire to billionaire as worldwide sales flourished. He’s now worth an estimated 125 billion dollars and business is grow with the rise of Amazon kindle, Amazon TV, and their new publishing and content services.
11. Nathan Blecharczyk is a 34 year old billionaire worth almost $3.8 billion dollars, He co-founded and has a 13% stake in Airbnb, the international company that is taking on traditional hotel chains and the hospitality industry around the world.
12. Last of all, the modern day billionaire boys club, is Sir Richard Branson, who did’nt earns his first billion dollars until he’d reached the comparatively wise old age of 41. Thanks to the success of his many companies, the virgin group CEO is now worth approximately 5 billion dollars.
And Sir Richard, along with Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckeberg, have cover the way for many of billionaires to follow in their paths.
So do you think it’ll get more and more common for people in their 20s to become billionaires? Let me know in the comments.
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Geoff is a blogger, social media consultant, influencer and loves to motivate people. Ever since venturing on his own journey, he has acquired many skill sets in business, blogging, self-development and more. From faith, podcasts, books, mentors and personal experiences he believes in sharing the knowledge gained with the intention of helping other people.