When it comes to being an entrepreneur, age really is nothing but a number. There are many great young entrepreneurs around the world who have made tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars. These include people who have yet to reach forty years of age but are already making enough money for their retirements at this moment.
Here’s a look at ten of those entrepreneurs. All the values next to their names relate to their net worth values.
10. Mitchell Harper and Eddie Machaalani – $135 Million
As the co-founders of Bigcommerce, Mitchell Harper and Eddie Machaalani have worked particularly hard to expand their business. In the past four years, Bigcommerce’s online retail software program has serviced nearly forty thousand stores and facilitated around $2 billion in sales. They also sold a ten percent stake in the company for $15 million last year.
9. Matt Barrie – $185 Million
Matt Barrie started Freelancer.com as a means of linking freelancers to all sorts of different jobs of interest to them. Today the site is valued to be worth close to $250 million thanks to its millions of users and projects.
8. Hezi Leibovich – $190 Million
Hezi Leibovich owns the Catch Group, a company that operates the Catch of the Day, Scoopon and Groceryrun websites. They are worth around $350 million combined and have helped to revolutionize the development of the flash sale for marketing purposes around Australia. The site also received $80 million in funding from some investors recently.
7. Matthew Mullenweg – $250 Million
Matthew Mullenweg developed the WordPress project that many people use to this day for their blog and website needs. WordPress is used on more than 60 million websites and he has a net worth of around $250 million. It is estimated that Mullenweg’s value increased by a total of around $40 million in the last year.
6. Mark Ackroyd – $280 Million
Mark Ackroyd was a part-owner of National Plant and Equipment who has ridden the boom in mining around Australia by offering mining machines for rent and hire. He sold his share in the company to Mitsui for $150 million recently. His work has helped to make the company expand to a global company. He particularly focuses on the knowledge of products above all other things when marketing them.
5. Ruslan Kogan – $315 Million
It’s estimated that Ruslan Kogan’s net worth has more than doubled from $145 million last year to $315 million right now. As the founder of Kogan Technologies, his company operates with OEM manufacturers in Asia to sell technology products to Australia. It’s estimated that his business is earning $100 million in revenue each year and has even expanded to Hong Kong. He estimates that he makes about $1 million in sales each day.
4. Simon Clausen – $350 Million
Simon Clausen is the co-founder of PC Tools, a computer security program that was sold to Symantec for $300 million. He is currently investing in Freelancer.com and has worked especially hard to keep the site running well. In fact, reports are that he was offered $400 million to sell the site recently.
3. Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar – $550 Million
Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar have earned $102 million in revenue in 2011 from their work on their enterprise software company, Atlassian, in recent time. The company has received various buyout offers that have totaled values near $1 billion in recent months but it is unclear as to what they plan on doing in the future. This company has revolutionized the ways how enterprise software is made.
2. Andrew Mason – $600 Million
Andrew Mason created Groupon after his last employer gave him $1 million to start the business that allows people to order discounted gift certifications that are made possible through group buying. This website is popular for many deals and earned a total revenue of around $1.6 billion in 2011. This is impressive for someone who is only 29 years of age.
1. Mark Zuckerberg – $19 billion
It was obvious that Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old founder of Facebook, was going to be on the top of this list. In addition to being publicly listed on the stock market, the website itself has a value of at least $10 billion. Of course, this site has ended up being an international standard for social media.
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