The Irishman John Collison jointly runs the start-up specializing in online payment and mobile Stripe. Starting from nothing, this 26-year-old computer genius is the youngest self-taught billionaire in the world. He founded the technology company with his older brother Patrick Collison, CEO of Stripe in 2010, when he was only 19 years old.
Now, 27-year-old Collison can boast of being the youngest billionaire in the world, with a net worth of $ 1.1 billion. Launched in 2011, Stripe has raised more than $ 450 million in funding and is currently valued at $ 9.2 billion. Starting from scratch, Patrick and John, the two self-taught brothers, learned to code in their parents’ house near Limerick, in the west of the country, their nose in the programming books. The company was designed to transform online payments from huge companies like Lyft and Facebook. The company manages the software of more than 100,000 companies.
After leaving the prestigious Harvard and MIT universities respectively, John and Patrick, who had already developed an auction and market management system for Ebay sellers, moved to Silicon Valley, San Francisco. , and started working on Stripe.
Although they are immensely rich, they have not forgotten their humble roots in the small town of Ireland.
John Collison, originally from Ireland, went to the United States to study at Harvard, until he gave up to focus on Stripe in Silicon Valley.
Despite this huge success, a recent BBC interview reports that John and Patrick are down to earth.
Asked about the discovery of vast wealth at such a young age, John said, “People are now asking a lot and I feel like they still want a really interesting answer, and I have nothing for them. “
“People are wondering” how has your life changed? “And they want me to take care of a new and elaborate hobby, like Fabergé’s egg collection or yacht racing. “
Today John, 27, has become the youngest self-taught billionaire in the world by taking the place of the one who occupied him so far, the co-founder of the social network Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, 27 years old.