These Young Money Makers Are Our Entrepreneur Inspo
And it's in celebration of the ultimate entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg's, b-day!
We all know how to tell if it’s someone’s birthday coming up right; check Facebook. Just one of the many things in life that Facebook has changed forever, we no longer have to actually remember when all our friend's birthdays are, phew. There’s one important birthday though that you probably won’t get a notification for, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself! We got you though, it’s TODAY! HBD Mark!
Thanks to Jesse Eisenberg and co., we’re all pretty familiar with Mark’s story by now. Just in case you didn’t know though, he founded Facebook out of his Harvard bedroom (where he later dropped out, because Facebook), had his first million dollars by 22 and turning the ripe old age of 31 today, is worth a casual $52 billion.
So Mark’s done alright. But this got us to thinking, if Mark can do it, surely some others must be able to too, right? It’s all just about drive, passion and some serious entrepreneurship really. We’ve put together a few other nbd young million and billionaires for inspo; we can probably all make this much real soon...right!?
Even Spiegel is basically one of our favourite ever people because, that’s right, he’s the man behind Snapchat. Co-founder and CEO of Snapchat, Evan studied product design at Stanford University while juggling a few internships before he, like Zuckerberg, dropped out (with just three classes left) to focus full time on Snapchat. He’s now worth $2.1 billion at age 25.
When it comes to Snapchat, we can’t forget about Bobby Murphy though. Worth a modest $1.5 billion at 27, the Snapchat co-founder reportedly owns about 15% of the company, having met Spiegel while at Stanford together (they were also in the same fraternity, bros). The pair also founded another business aimed at helping college students with the stress of high fees but that company got only around 5 users and failed miserably; never give up kids!
Evan (nobody knows his second name) is 9-years-old and is estimated to make over $1 million a year! How you ask, HOW?! YouTube is how. His channel, EvanTube, on which he reviews toys, eats food and is just generally a total cutie, has over 2.5 million subscribers and views in the billions. Not bad for a 9-year-old!
Ruzwana keeps her net worth to herself but she’s the founder of peek.com, an online marketplace for travellers which was valued at over $5million, so she’s probably doing alright. Bashir has been named as all kinds of awesome things such as “Most Influential Women In Business”, “Most Influential Women In Technology” and Peek as one of “10 Most Innovative Companies In Travel”. She slays, basically.
In 2010 at age 33, Yoshikazu became Asia’s youngest self-made billionaire. His billions come from social networking app GREE, a platform that focuses mostly on mobile gaming which Yoshikazu created as a hobby when he was 26. He stuck with that hobby though and he’s currently worth over $2 billion.
Back in 2007, Brian Chesky and his roommate Joe Gebbie were struggling. They had no money for rent on their apartment and were facing eviction. To solve this problem they came up with a simple idea (described by Chesky’s mum as “the worst idea ever”), they rented out three air mattresses on their floor. Sound familiar? Yep, it soon became Airbnb. The pair set up a basic website to advertise the service and 190 countries and an estimated 800,000 people a night later, Airbnb has given Chesky an estimated worth of $3 billion at just 33.
11-year-old Mikaila Ulmer is using lemonade to make her way to the top, and is probably already more successful than all of us. The young Texan is using her grandmother's lemonade recipe to take over the world and help honeybees at the same time. Her BeeSweet lemonade has won competitions around the country and had just secured a multi-million dollar deal to be distrusted by Wholefoods with a portion of the proceeds going to help save endangered bees that are vital to our ecosystem.
Starla used to be a teacher; she had no business training, nor a fancy Harvard degree, she just noticed something. She spotted that the kids in her classes preferred to play with realistic toys and want to be just like adults. So she started Little Cosmetics, an ultra-realistic but kid friendly pretend make-up range. After selling them on Etsy kids quickly grew to love Little Cosmetics and within 4 years Starla had made her first million. This year she’s on track to triple that!
So there you have it, it’s not just Mark Zuckerberg who can make it big (although he did smash it!). With a little drive, some hard work and bloody good idea, anyone can!