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10 Of The World’s Youngest Self-Made Billionaires

While some may take a lifetime to achieve enormous wealth, some hit the jackpot very early on

Hurun, a Shanghai firm that annually ranks the richest people in the world recently released a list of the youngest self-made billionaires unger the age of 35.

Here are the members of the world’s youngest billionaire’s club, from the youngest to eldest:

Evan Spielberg (25): Co-founder and CEO of Snapchat

Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel.

Spielberg is the co-founder of Snapchat, a social networking platform that’s grown in popularity in SA and around the world. At only 25, Spielberg is the youngest billionaire in the world.

Estimated wealth: $1,8 billion (R27 billion)

John Collison (26): Co-founder of Stripe

John Collison

Collison is the co-founder of Stripe, an Irish technology company that enables individuals and businesses to accept payments over the Internet. He is a Harvard dropout, and co-founded the company with his brother Patrick (number seven on the list) in 2011.

Estimated wealth: $1 billion (R15 billion)

Bobby Murphy (26): CTO of Snapchat

Bobby Murphy

Bobby Murphy is the Chief Technology Officer of Snapchat and has been out of university for only five years. Murphy and Evan Spielberg met at Stanford University.

Estimated wealth: $1,8 billion (R27 billion)

Patrick Collison (27): Co-founder of Stripe

Patrick Collison

Patrick Collison co-founded Stripe with his older brother John. Like Bobby Murphy, Collison dropped out of university. He then partnered with his brother to establish the company.

Estimated wealth: $1 billion (R15 billion)

5. Mark Zuckerberg (35): Facebook Co-founder

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Familiar to most of us, Mark Zuckerberg is the co-founder of social network Facebook. He became the youngest self-made billionaire in history at just 23. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla are the ninth wealthiest couple in the world.

Estimated wealth: $45 billion (R691 billion)

Elizabeth Holmes (31) Theranos founder

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Elizabeth Holmes

The first and only woman on this list is Elizabeth Holmes. She founded healthcare technology company Theranos while studying at Stanford. Just months later, she dropped out to focus on her business. Now she’s the youngest female billionaire in the US.

Estimated wealth: $4,3 billion (R65,9 billion)

Dustin Moskovitz (31): Facebook Co-founder

Dustin Moskovitz

Co-founder of Facebook, Dustin Moskovitz became the company’s first Chief Technology Officer. He has since left to co-found another company, Asana, a web-mobile application that helps teams track their work, but he still holds a large stake in Facebook.

Estimated wealth: $10 billion (R153 billion)

Wang Yue (32): CEO of Shanghai Kingnet Technology

Wang Yue

Wang Yue is the Chief Executive Officer of Chinese mobile game development company KingNet Technology and is a new addition to the list. He has been able to transform the company into an industry leader.

Estimated wealth: $1 billion (R15 billion) 

Cheng Wei (32): CEO of Didi Kuaidi

Cheng Wei

Based in China, Cheng Wei is the Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest mobile transportation platform, Didi Kuaidi, which is often likened to Uber.

Estimated wealth: $1 billion (R15 billion)

10. Nathan Blecharczyk (32) Co-founder of Airbnb

Nathan Blecharczyk

Nathan Blecharczyk is a Harvard graduate who co-founded Airbnb with Joe Gebbia, his Harvard roommate. The website enables people to list, find and rent lodgings in over 190 countries. Prior to this he worked as a product manager at Microsoft.

Estimated wealth: R3,6 billion (R55 billion)

Sources: Destinyman

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