Once upon a time, having a million dollars was a big deal. Like a big, big deal. And before that having thousands of dollars was a big deal. Then came a world full of social media. And the opportunities that arose from these movements were flourishing. If you were so lucky to be on the front end of this movement or any tech movement, then you were setting yourself up for astronomical financial gains. Better known as, the odds being ever in your favor.
Not saying that having a billion dollars is old news, but people are jaded from the rage of millionaires. And these millionaire’s millions have turned to billions. But, what is still exciting to know, is who is the youngest to get to a billion dollars and how did they do it. These are 15 of the youngest billionaire’s of the world and how they got their money.
Perenna Kei, 25
Last year, Forbes named Perenna Kei the world’s youngest billionaire with a net wort of over $1.3 billion dollars. At the young age of 25, Kei replaces Facebook co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz, for the youngest billionaire title. With a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of London, she steps into the role as the non-executive director and owns 85% share in the family companies and trust, Logan Property Holdings. The real estate company is still run by her father, Ji Haipeng, the chairman and CEO.
Dustin Moskovitz, 30
Dustin Moskovitz may not be the world’s youngest billionaire, but he is still one the youngest American billionaire’s at the age of 30. With a net worth over $8 billion, the Facebook co-founder and old college roommate of Mark Zuckerberg’s dropped out of Harvard to support the start-up of Facebook. But Moskovitz stepped out and started his own software firm Asana in 2008, leaving Facebook behind.
Anton Kathrein, Jr, 30
With a net worth over $1.35 billion, Anton Kathrein, Jr. took control of Kathrein-Werke AG, after his father, Anton Kathrein, Sr.’s unexpected death in 2012. He was just 28, when he became the third generation to lead the family company in being the oldest and largest manufacturer of antennas worldwide. His grandfather started the company in 1919 and has expanded to over 6,000 employees and 18 production locations worldwide. Not bad for a company that started off making automotive antennas.
Mark Zuckerberg, 30
Mark Zuckerberg is easily one of the most well known names in America for being the founder and CEO of Facebook. The social network was launched out of a Harvard dormitory. Zuckerberg and the other co-founders dropped out of Harvard and moved across the country to make this work. Now, with a net worth over $34 billion and company shares up 130% from 2013, we can say this was probably worth dropping out of college for.
Albert von Thurn und Taxis, 31
As the 12th Prince to Head the House of Thurn und Taxis, Albert has been on the list of billionaire’s since 1990, when his father died. The 8-year-old wasn’t allowed to inherit his fortune till his 18th birthday, in 2001. He inherited an abundance of land, art, and real estate. Albert attended the University of Edinburgh, studying economics and theology. He’s an avid race car driver, winning many awards with his team of professionals.
Drew Houston, 30
Drew Houston is relatively new to billionaire crew of Silicon Valley, with a net worth over $1.2 billion. Houston met his cofounder of Dropbox Arash Ferdowsi at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where they were fraternity brothers of Phi Delta Theta. The duo was able to create an online file-sharing and storage service. . He has also pitched in to help with the startups like Bit9, Accolade, and Hubspot, starting back in high school.
Elizabeth Holmes, 30
Elizabeth Holmes made her Forbes debut in 2014, on the list of youngest billionaire’s with a net worth over$4.5 billion dollars. During her brief stint at Stanford University, she interned with the Genome Institute of Singapore. She had her hand in the emerging methods using blood and nasal swabs to help detect the SARS coronavirus. Then dropping out her sophomore year, to work on her company Theranos, which can quickly and painlessly test blood samples for much less than the price of commercial laboratories. Walgreens, liked her plans so much, there will soon be Theranos Wellness Centers inside the Walgreens pharmacies.
Scott Duncan, 31
When Scott Duncan’s father, Dan Duncan died in 2010, Scott and his sister inherited over $3 billion dollars each. This made him the youngest American billionaire to inherit their wealth. Dan Duncan was the richest man in Houston, primarily for being the co-founder of Enterprise Products Partners LP, which went public in 1998. And with a recent stock surge in 2013, Scott’s net worth jumped another billion dollars, for a net worth of $7 billion dollars.
Eduardo Saverin, 31
Eduardo Saverin is known for being a cofounder of Facebook, along with two of the other’s to make this list of youngest billionaire’s. Unlike the other two on the list, Saverin graduated magnum cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University. With a net worth of over $4.1 billion, Saverin has been living in Singapore, with citizenship in Brazil after he renounced his U.S. citizenship in 2011.
Yang Huiyan, 33
Yang Huiyan is one of the richest woman in all of Asia with a net worth over $8.2 billion dollars. She’s the vice chairwoman and majority shareholder of Country Garden Holdings, a real estate development company. In 2003, Yang graduated with a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In 2007, her father, Yang Guoqiang, transferred all of his shares to her before taking the company public.
Fahad and Ayman Hariri, 34, 36
Fahad and Ayman are two of seven children born to the slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was involved in construction and politics. Fahad went to the prestigious Ecole Especiale d’Architecture de Paris in 2004. While Ayman runs one of the biggest construction companies in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Oger, the Hariri family business. All of the Hariri sons are on the list of Lebanese billionaire’s, with Fahad and Ayman each listed at $1.35 billion.
Marie Besnier Beauvalot, 34 – Google has NO idea what she looks like, sorry.
With a net worth of $2.7 billion, Marie Besnier Beauvalot and her two siblings, inherited their grandfather’s French diary company, Lactalis. The corporation producers of milk, yogurt, and cheese brands, including the well-known brand President brie. Beauvalot and siblings own 100% of the company between the three of them. The company financials were kept fairy quiet until 2011, when the family acquired 82.4% of Parmalat.
Sean Parker, 35
Sean Parker is known for being the first president of Facebook, cofounder of Napster, along with cofounding Plaxo, Causes, and Airtime. He’s also on the board of Spotify. Parker spent most of his childhood coding, and hacking into different companies for fun, before skipping the college life claiming to have gone to “Napster University”. Parker is credited as being essential in taking Facebook from a college base to a worldwide company. Recently, Parker reignited his interest in the world of politics, with Brigade Media, a tech start-up created to drum up interest in politics and the government.
Julia Oetker, 36
In 2007, Julia Oetker and her seven siblings inherited quite the family empire, with the passing of their father, Rudolph-August Oetker former Nazi SS officer. The siblings each control 12.5% of Dr. August Oetker KG, a holding company based out of Bielefeld, Germany that now employs 26,000 people and earns $15 billion annually. In 1891, August Oetker, pharmacist, created a way to store baking soda and pudding powder inside individual packages. By the time Julia was born, the company was producing more than 750 million individual packages of baking soda and pudding powder, acquired a wine maker, private bank, breweries, and a container-shipper.
Robert Pera, 36
Robert Pera began his career as a hardware engineer for Apple later transitioning to a wireless engineer. In 2005, Pera stepped out on his own and founded Ubiquiti Networks, a software and systems communications company that focuses on supplying affordable internet to under-served markets. Six years after Pera founded Ubiquiti Networks, he took the company public and became a billionaire. June 2012, he made an agreement to purchase the Memphis Grizzlies, officially becoming the team owner in October 2012. Pera’s net worth is over $2.5 billion dollars.