Think back to your 20's and 30's – Did you even know what you wanted to do with your life at that time? If you're still trying to figure things out, that's okay. That's pretty normal. Most 20 and 30 year-olds go through several jobs, and some even have to resort to moving back home with their parents as they struggle to make ends meet and to pay off those student loans.
Most of us are probably just happy to have a job with benefits, regular hours and weekends off – if you're lucky enough to even have that, that is.
Now imagine that same period in your life, but now imagine that you'd been given more than a billion dollars. Things look much different for you, huh? Not that we're saying any of these people were simply given their money, but being a CEO of a company after you've just graduated from college seems like an impossible endeavor for most of us.
Beware, reading this list just might make you feel like an underachiever, no matter how old you are.
15 Eduardo Saverin - Facebook - 33 years old
14 Yang Huiyan - Real Estate - 33 years old
13 Drew Houston - Dropbox - 32 years old
12 Scott Duncan - Pipelines - 32 years old
11 Ryan Graves - Uber - 31 years old
10 Nathan Blecharczyk - Airbnb - 31 years old
Like many young self-made billionaires on this list, Nathan Blecharczyk made his billions via the internet. If you're a world traveler, or even if you're not but dream of being one, chances are good you've heard of Airbnb. For those unfamiliar with the company, the website lists homes or rooms in people's personal houses that are for rent – temporarily. Basically, it's an alternative to staying in a hotel room, and folks who use it swear that you can find some amazing deals. Not only that, but people who have a spare room can make some extra money by renting out the room or even renting out their entire house if they're going to be away for awhile. It's a win-win for both homeowner and renter, honestly.
9 Tatiana Casiraghi - Beer - 31 years old
Tatiana Casiraghi came from wealth, but marrying into Monaco's royal family didn't hurt her any either. Especially since her husband is reported to be second in line to be king. However, her personal wealth mainly comes from her grandfather's business, the Colombian beer company Bavaria which was later traded in 2005. Several years later, Tatiana's father passed away, leaving a portion of the family fortune to her and her brother Julio Mario Santo Domingo III, who's also on this list.
8 Elizabeth Holmes - Blood Testing - 31 years old
While many parents would be furious if their daughter dropped out of Stanford, Elizabeth Holmes actually owes her fortune doing just that. With the money she saved up for college, she invested in a business she founded, Theranos, which is a blood testing lab that is far more cost effective than many of the commercial labs that are currently out there. And it appears to be a good investment, as her company is estimated to be worth $9 billion – of which Holmes owns a 50% stake in.
7 Anton Kathrein, Jr. - Antennas - 30 years old
6 Tom Persson - H&M - 30 years old
H&M may not ring a bell to a lot of people not interested in fashion, but for those in know, this international company is huge. In fact, it's the second largest global clothing retailer in the world, outranking even Gap Inc., which comes in third. H&M is known for its fast-fashion clothing, meaning getting runway styles out to the public in a speedy fashion while the trends are still hot. But they also offer their products at an affordable cost, far more so than other brands. After all, what else would you expect from the Swedish? After all, they were the same people who brought the world Ikea.
5 Dustin Moskovitz - Facebook - 30 years old
4 Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook - 30 years old
3 Julio Mario Santo Domingo, III - Beer - 29 years old
2 Bobby Murphy - Snapchat - 26 years old
1 Evan Spiegel - SnapChat - 24 years old
It's hard to imagine graduating college and going straight into a CEO role, but Evan Spiegel almost makes it look easy. Partnered with number two on our list, Spiegel and Murphy hit it big with their photo messaging app, Snapchat. Spiegel was studying product design at Stanford University when he met Murphy at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house. As mentioned before, their initial app named Picaboo was a failure, but when they later rebranded it as Snapchat, it took off. In a very big way. Spiegel turned down a $3 billion buyout from Facebook, and other offers came in valuing the company at $19 billion. But Spiegel isn't interested in selling the company, saying that very few people ever get to own a business like this and that selling it for a short term goal wouldn't be “very interesting.” Spiegel is valued at over $1.5 billion, making him the youngest billionaire in the world right now.
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