Everyone dreams of having a few extra pennies to have some fun with. But some people have a few billion dollars to have fun with. Being a billionaire was once the title for businessmen who had invested well in the stock market over the course of their lifetime. Now anyone with a good idea can earn that title. Here are 15 of the youngest billionaires in the world.
Anton Kathrein Jr
Anton was forced to take the wheel of the family business when his father died unexpectedly. Kathrein-Werke is a company that specialises in mobile communications and was started in a cellar after the First World War. Since then the company has grown and Anton had to take charge when he was 28 years old. Now at the age of 30, he has an estimated worth of 1.7 billion. He is the third generation to lead the company in an ever-expanding area.
The story of Mark Zuckerberg’s rise to fame and fortune has been told time and time again. But what people seem to forget is how old (or young) he really is. Mr Zuckerberg is only 33 years old and developed Facebook while still in university. He spent years rolling it out to colleges across the US before it became the social media site we know today. His personal worth is around $42.5 billion despite only taking a $1 salary from Facebook.
At 19 years old, Elizabeth founded her company Theranos and drooped out of Stanford University. Her goal was to streamline the normal blood testing methods making it easier for doctors and patients. Her company has now issued 26 different patents for healthcare technology. Her technology now offers tests which cost a fraction of the normal methods. In 2014 she was ranked as the youngest female self-made billionaire. At 31 years old, her net worth was around $4.6 billion.
This Swedish billionaire works in the film industry despite having a massive family fortune. He is the heir to the Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) retail clothing company. Being in line for the fashion fortune has made Tom the youngest billionaire in Europe. He is also one of the most desirable bachelors in Europe at only 32 years old. He attended the Met Film School in London before he headed back to Sweden to start a production company. His latest figures have shown his wealth to be around $3 billion.
This 32-year-old businessman is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Airbnb. Nathan became involved with the company when it was still in it’s early days and he was still in high school. He didn’t stop running a business get in the way of his education as he earned a degree from Harvard University in computer science. His net worth is now valued at around $1.9 billion. The company is still expanding so there is a chance that number will keep rising.
Tatiana is an heiress and is married to Andrea Casiraghi. Her husband is the eldest son of the Princess of Hanover. Before she married into the Royal family she was a billionaire in her own right. Her family was one of the richest families in Colombia when they owned the Bavaria brewery. When the company was sold, Tatiana received part of the profit and has used her money to support various charities around the world. Her personal worth has been estimated to be around $2.2 billion.
Ryan joined Uber after a cheeky tweet landed him a job in 2010. When he sent his tweet to the CEO of Uber we are sure he never dreamed that it would make him a billionaire by 31 years old. Since then Ryan has been part of the taxi hire company is is worth around $1.4 billion. Uber is planning on expanding its operations across Europe as the world’s premier taxi service. Ryan is now head of operations so his pay cheque will probably keep getting bigger.
The CEO of Snapchat is from Los Angeles, California and only 27 years old. He launched Snapchat in 2011 with two friends from Stanford University. Since the initial launch, Evan has seen his personal wealth skyrocket. Because of the success of Snapchat Evan left university before he completed his degree. He is now worth an estimated $1.5 billion as Snapchat has become more popular. The company is now worth an estimated $10 billion and Evan has plans to help grow.
The founder of Dropbox has seen his company grow as demand for online storage has increased in recent years. Drew started the company in 2007 while he was studying at MIT with fellow student Arash Ferdowsi. He had an estimated net worth of $1.3 billion at the age of 32 years old. Drew was also involved in 5 other startups including Hubspot and Bit9. He has been listed as one of the hottest entrepreneurs and one of the most promising business players.
Dustin has been called one of the youngest self-made billionaires in history after leaving Facebook in 2008. He has since gone on to form another company Asana and is an angel investor in the mobile application Path. He and his wife are one of the youngest couples to sign Bill Gates and Warren Buffets “Giving Pledge” where he has committed to giving away most of his wealth to charity. Now at the age of 33 years old his is worth around $9.9 billion.
This single 33-year-old American is heir to the Duncan family fortune. When his father died Scott inherited $3.1 billion from the estate. He is the fourth child of energy pipeline entrepreneur Dan Duncan. He is a smart investor and it is believed that his personal wealth is now around $6.3 billion. His family business is Enterprise Products which is a crude oil and natural gas company is still under the control of the family.
Yang is the majority shareholder of Country Garden Holdings, a development company in China. With a personal wealth of $8.2 billion, she is considered the of the wealthiest people in mainland China. By the time she was 33 years old, she was one of the youngest female billionaires in the world and the richest woman in Asia. Yang took over a majority shareholder in 2007 when her father transferred 70% of the shares into Yang’s name. Her net worth was considered nearly $16.2 billion in 2007 when she first received the shares.
This 35-year-old Brazilian businessman is one of the co-founders of Facebook. He has had his problems with the other co-founders of Facebook but as of 2015 he has over 53 million shares in the company. He invests in many different startups and has been an angel investor for others. In 2011 he renounced his US citizenship to save on capital gains tax. He is now worth around $5.9 billion and lives in Singapore with his wife.
Albert Von Thurn Und Taxis
This German aristocrat has been listed as one of the youngest billionaires on the planet since his father died in 1990. His first appearance on the various rich lists was at the age of 8 years old. The Prince is now 34 years old and drives racing cars in the GT1 World Champions as well as being the Head of House for the Thurn Und Taxis family. He is estimated to be worth around $1.6 billion.
Bobby is one of the founders of Snapchat and has reached billionaire status at the age of 24 years old. Bobby is known for having amazing self-control and never shows his emotions in the office. Despite being part of the technology age, Bobby has never tweeted anything on Twitter, even though he has been there since 2009. He has an estimated worth of $1.5 billion and bought his first house in 2013 for $2.1 million.