According to Forbes, there are nearly 2,200 billionaires around the world. Most of them had to work for many years to achieve that amount, others were born into a wealthy family and followed the family business. However, a few people made their fortune in less than one decade. It doesn't mean they did not work hard for it, though.
They all have something in common: all the names on this list built their empire thanks to the Internet. Most of them come from middle-class families and just pursued a good idea. Here is a list of 10 people who made a fortune in record time.
10 Jeff Bezos - 6 years
Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, has a $165 billion net worth and is one of the richest men in the world. According to Forbes, he is also one of the richest men in modern history and also made his empire on a record time. It took him only six years to enter the exclusive billionaire's club. And his fortune might increase even more in the coming years.
He was a well succeed investment banker that in 1993 saw the potential of the Internet for business. He founded Amazon and by 1999, he already had $10 billion.
9 Eduardo Saverin - 6 years
Eduardo Saverin is a Brazilian entrepreneur who co-created Facebook. He didn't leave the company on good terms and the relationship with the other co-founders was explained in the movie The Social Network. But Saverin kept a minority stake that gave him his first billion. In 2010, he had over $1 billion.
Saverin now lives in Singapore and works in technology. His businesses are still a big deal as he has a fortune evaluated on $11.6 billion and is the richest person in Singapore, according to Forbes Magazine. Most of his wealth comes from Facebook, however.
8 Mark Zuckerberg - 4 years
Mark Zuckerberg has a net worth evaluated on $75 billion. The first time his name appeared on the Forbes' billionaires list was in 2018 when he had "only" $17.5 billion. Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, was only 23 years old when he became a billionaire.
Zuckerberg spends part of his fortune on charity. So far, he has given $45 billion for causes he supports. The birth of his first daughter inspired him and he wants the world she lives in to be a better place. Therefore, Zuckerberg and his wife have made donations to support education in several countries.
7 David Filo and Jerry Yang - 4 years
David filo and Jerry Yang were two graduate students in California when they decided to create Yahoo! in 1994. However, it was very different from the website we know today. At first, Yahoo! was a guide to the founder's favorite websites.
When Filo and Yang noticed how popular the website was, they started to offer different services like search engines, free e-mail, news, and games. It was a global success and, just four years later, the founders became billionaires.
In 2017, the partners sold the company to Oath for $4.48 billion.
6 Mark Cuban - 4 Years
Mark Cuban is widely famous for Shark Tank, but few people know that his history and fortune is related to Yahoo!. In 1999 he created Broadcast.com, an online radio that was bought by Yahoo! in 2003. The company was worth $5.7 billion and was the largest acquisition Yahoo! ever made.
Cuban received $1.6 billion, and now he has a net worth evaluated on $4.1 billion. Cuban has several investments and enjoys his billionaire lifestyle, spending it on private jets and even bought the NBA's Dallas Mavericks.
5 Patrick and John Collison - 4 years
In 2014, the brothers Patrick and John Collison founded Stripe, a company responsible for processing online payments for companies based on the Internet. The idea came when they were attending classes at MIT and the company handles billions of transactions every year. Among their clients are giants names like Booking, Shopify, and Slack. In 2016, Stripe was worth $9 billion what made the founders the newest billionaires on Forbes list.
John Collison, who was just 27 years old, made headlines all over the world because he became the youngest self-made billionaire.
4 Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy - 3 years
When Snapchat was created in 2011, it was an instantaneous hit. The idea of posting pictures that would disappear in 24 hours and later the filters you could add on images were very appealing to the public. More than 200 million people use the app.
Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy are responsible for creating the company. In 2014, the company was worth over $1 billion and one year later they entered the Forbes' billionaires list. Both entrepreneurs were still on their 20's and were the youngest billionaires on the list.
3 Pierre Omidyar - 3 years
Pierre Omidyar started his empire with a broken laser pointer. It was the first item sold on eBay in 1995 and it was sold for $14.50. He now has a fortune evaluated on $13.8 billion, but he did not know how far eBay could go.
Omidyar said that he never expected to become a billionaire when he started the company. He started it for fun, but in three months he had more than two million subscribers and billions in sales. In 1998, just three years he launched eBay, he made his first billion.
2 Sean Parker - 1.5 years
Three people on this list made their billions thanks to Facebook. Sean Parker is one of them.
He was the first Facebook president. He took the position in 2004 and left it the next year. However, the short period was enough to make his financial life changes forever. He had a significant amount of Facebook's shares that were worth one billion.
Parker later founded Napster, a site for sharing music that is worth $4 billion. Parker now has a $2.7 billion net worth. Not bad for someone who is not years 40 years old.
1 Jay S. Walker - 1 year
In 1997, Jay S. Walker created Priceline; a website that allowed users to find last minute deals for flights and hotels. It was a groundbreaking business on the '90s and J.S. Walker made his first billion in just one year.
However, the company lost a lot of money and in 2011, he sold his shares for $426 million, a significant amount, but much less than it used to worth. J.S. Walker had other successful business endeavors. The most recent one is Upside, aiming business travelers who book the travel on their own.