31 Of The Youngest Billionaires In The World

OMG December 6, 2018 By Hugo

Sometimes life is just not fair and to hammer that point home, we've compiled a list of 31 of the youngest billionaires in the world. Many of us will never see a million dollars in our lives, but these young folks have multiple billions to their names with most being born into it. However, some do get there by other means and even, occasionally, under their own steam.

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So let's have a look at these lucky, and in some cases, incredibly intelligent and hard-working people, and see how they got their money.


1. Mark Zuckerberg, 34

Net Worth: $61bn

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An anti-social computer programmer who created the code for the world's largest online social network in his Havard dorm is now worth an estimated $61bn according to Forbes. Yes, Facebook, or The Facebook as it was first known, made Zuk incredibly rich the moment news of his new site started gaining popularity on college campuses around America.

The remarkable achievement paved the way for many other young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs, some of who, as we will soon profile, were earning billions before some had even reached 30-years-old.


2. Lukas Walton, 32

Net Worth: $15.3bn

Few would have suspected that this Colorado College graduate was heir to the billion-dollar fortune of his grandfather Sam Walton, the founder of American's largest retail business, Walmart.

However, while Walton's grandfather is still alive, his father John Walton died in a plane crash in 2005, which meant that Lukas Walton, at just 19-years-old, inherited his father's stake in the business, which is worth around $15.3bn in today's market.


3. Dustin Moskovitz, 34

Net Worth: $10.9bn

Dustin Aaron Moskovitz is, in many ways, the unsung hero of Facebook's success. While Zuckerberg created the code, the fellow American Internet entrepreneur, along with Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, and Chris Hughes helped bring it to life.

Today, Moskovitz mostly shies away from the media and has instead created a new life for himself in Ireland, where he helps support the Esker Boxing Club in Dublin.


4. Nathan Blecharczyk, 34

Net worth: 3.7bn

Nathan Blecharczyk or "Nate" as his friends call him, is the co-founder of everyone's favorite global rental website, Airbnb. The American now oversees strategy operations and is the chairman of Airbnb China.

A computer whizz, the 35-year-old was one of the company's first chief technology officer.


5. Brian Chesky, 37

Net Worth: 3.7bn

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Another Airbnb billionaire, Brian Joseph Chesky is one of the co-founders of the San Fransisco- based hospitality exchange service. Now the CEO of the company, Chesky was named in Time's "100 Most Influential People of 2015".

In recognition of his success, former president Barack Obama named Chesky as an Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship in 2015. 


6. Joe Gebbia, 37

Net Worth: 3.7bn

Joseph Gebbia Jr. is one cool cat and yet another Airbnb alumni to appear on our list. The American billionaire designer and Internet entrepreneur has lent his design skills to the company by becoming their chief product officer.

Gebbia's success was recognized by BusinessWeek in 2009 after he was included in their Top 20 Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs.


7. Drew Houston, 35

Net Worth: $2.7bn

Andrew W. Houston is the co-founder and CEO of Dropbox, a popular online storage service that has been downloaded millions of times. Forbes estimated his net worth to be around the $3 billion mark.

Earlier this year, Dropbox went public which likely boosted Houston's wealth, a fortune which looks set to grow in the coming years.


8. Sean Parker, 38

Net Worth: $2.7bn

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An early pioneer in online music streaming, Parker's Napster venture saw him gain widespread publicity before he branched into more mainstream facets of the tech sector. One such facet was Facebook, which saw him lend his hand as an angel investor in the company's infancy.

The American entrepreneur and philanthropist would become the first president of the social networking website and was portrayed on screen by the US singer and actor Justin Timberlake in a movie about the company called the Social Network. He has also co-founded Plaxo, Causes and Airtime.com.


9. Bobby Murphy, 30

Net Worth: $2.3m

Robert Cornelius Murphy, or "Bobby" as his co-workers call him, is one of America's most successful Internet entrepreneurs having founded and designed the popular app, Snapchat. 

The multinational technology and social media company Snap Inc. is now one of the most profitable in the world, not bad for an app he created when he was bored with fellow Stanford students Evan Spiegel and Reggie Brown. 


10. Evan Spiegel, 30

Net Worth $2.3bn

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Evan Spiegel is very much the face of Snapchat, as well as being one of its co-founders. Now serving as CEO of the American multinational, Spiegel was officially named the youngest billionaire in the world in 2015.

But he made the biggest headlines last year when he married the Australian Victoria's Secret model, Miranda Kerr.


11. John Collison, 27

Net Worth: $1.bn

One of a select handful of Harvard dropouts to make billions is John Collison, the co-founder of Stripe, an online payment company. Along with his brother Patrick, the Irish-born brothers created a bemouth of a company and now live in San Francisco, where Stripe soon gained $150m worth of funding. 

The impressive seed capital valued the business at $9.2 billion according to Forbes.


12. Gustav Magnar Witzøe, 24

Net Worth: $1.9bn

Gustav Magnar Witzøe may only be 24, but he owns a large chunk (almost half, in fact) of Norwegian fish farming company Salmar, one of the world's largest salmon producers. 

While the business is his father's, Witzøe was handed a lucrative stake in the company in 2013. Forbes reported that his wealth is being used by Gustav to help him diversify the family's portfolio by investing in real estate and tech startups.


13. Katharina Andresen, 22

Net Worth: $1.4 billion

Katharina Andresen is another billionaire on our list to have come from a wealthy Scandinavian family. But her reputation in her native Norway is far from perfect. In 2007, she made headline news when she was fined a hefty 250,000 kroner after being found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Andresens inherited 42% of their father Johan's investment company Ferd. This generous stake in one of her father's many companies makes her the second youngest billionaire in the world, second only to her sister Alexandra, who is 21.


14. Alexandra Andresen, 21

Net Worth: $1.4bn

At just 21, Alexandra Andresen's $1.4bn inherited fortune makes her the world's youngest billionaire. As stated above, her 42% stake in the family-owned investment company Ferd allows her to play a pivotal role in the company's fiscal direction.

As well as overseeing the company's vast portfolio of private equity investments, Andresen also has a role in the hedge fund division. However, despite her stake, the brunette beauty stays away from the everyday running of the business. Instead, she has focused her energy on horses, becoming an award-winning horse dresser while also modeling for equestrian clothing companies.


15. Prince George of Cambridge, 5

Net Worth: $1 billion

At just 5-years-old, the future King of England and billionaire certainly has a headstart in life. In time, he will also gain the Crown Estate which will bring his wealth up by more than $5 billion in property assets.

He will also gain $400 million per year in other assets should he ascend to the throne.


16. Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, 27

Net Worth: $11.5bn

 

Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, or the 7th Duke of Westminster if going by his official title, was forging his own career as an accounts manager in the green energy company Bio-bean when his father unexpectedly passed away in August 2016.

The late British aristocrat's wealth was subsequently passed onto Hugh. At just 25, Hugh's windfall surpassed the wealth of every British billionaire, including the likes of Virgin founder Richard Branson and the retail high street giant, Sir Philip Green. 


17. Perenna Kei, 28

Net Worth: $1.3bn

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With a degree in economics and finance from the University of London, Perenna holds an 85% stake in the real estate company Logan Property Holdings.

She is also in line to inherit her father's share of the company and portfolio alongside a family trust and other assets. 


18. Yang Huiyan, 27

Net Worth: $19.4bn

Her father transferred his company  Country Garden Holdings, to her in 2007 and she now sits on the board’s governance committee and is vice chairman.

A real estate developer with assets in China and Australia, Yang was the richest women in China by the age of 26.


19. Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco,  32

Net Worth: $5.7bn

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Monaco is a principality weighted with wealth and prestige, and one of its most famous residents is the breathtakingly beautiful princess Charlotte Casiraghi, heir to her family's $5.7bn fortune. Going by the official title, Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco, the stunner, who also has French, American, Italian, English, German, Mexican, Irish and Swedish ancestry, is eighth in line to the Monegasque throne and is a household name in her native France.

What's more, Charlotte became the first woman to model for Gucci's cosmetic range, and with a face like hers, that's hardly surprising.  A fan of sports, she is also a keen horse rider but maintains a girly love for all things fashion, something recognized by Vanity Fair who included Charlotte in their 2016 International Best Dressed list. 


20. Lynsi Torres, 36

Net Worth: $3bn

The heiress to the In-N-Out Burger fortune, Lynsi sits on the board and is the majority owner of the fast-food chain.

As the president of the food chain and its majority shareholder Torres is worth $1.1 billion, and at just 35, is set to be the sole owner. However, because of the multiple kidnapping attempts on her life, Torres is rarely seen in public.


21. Yvonne Bauer, 41

Net Worth: $2.9bn

Heiress to Europe's largest magazine publisher, Bauer started as a print shop in Hamburg, Germany in 1865 and is now one of the biggest media empires in the world.

As one of the foremost publishing companies, Bauer's family media group own around 600 magazines, 400 digital publications and 100 television and radio stations that air around the globe. But Yvonne isn't just riding high on the coattails of her family empire. Proving she has serious smarts, Bauer graduated with a degree in German philology. 

 


22. Tamara Ecclestone, 34

Net Worth: $3bn

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Model, socialite and TV personality, Tamara Ecclestone is the heiress to the fortune of her father, Formula 1 owner, Bernie Ecclestone, who made his billions buying the early television rights to the motorsport in the late 70s.

Now famed as much for his marriages to supermodels as he is for his contribution to the commercial growth of motorsport, both his daughters are notoriously spoilt, but are billionaires nonetheless, with Tamara, one of Chelsea's most famous residents, worth a cool $4b. 


23. Elizabeth Holmes

Net Worth: $0

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A Stanford University sophomore, Elizabeth dropped out to start a company that made a blood testing kit with just the prick of a needle. After extensive media coverage, the company's value skyrocketed to $9 billion. Because of her 50% stake in the company, at only 31, Holmes became the youngest female self-made billionaire until it all came crashing down.

Today, Holmes is under federal investigation after exaggerating the success of her blood-testing kits. Many have claimed that it doesn't work at all. Her net worth has since dropped to $0. 


24Georgina Bloomberg, 35

Net Worth: $18bn

Georgina Bloomberg's surname is one of the most recognizable in America and certainly in the world of business. Georgina's father is Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg founder and former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.

Continuing the family tradition of excellence, the daughter of one of America's greatest ever businessmen is a dedicated philanthropist and author of a series of critically acclaimed young adult novels. If that wasn't impressive enough, Georgina is also a professional equestrian. Horses are a strong part of her life. As well as riding them professionally, Georgina also works for them and donates to Rider’s Closet and Animal Aid U.S.A. while also being a founding member of the Human Society of the United States.


25. Kylie Jenner, 21

Net Worth: $900m (expected to grow to $1bn+ within the coming months)

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While Kylie Jenner isn't officially a billionaire yet, she is edging ever closer to the title of world's 'youngest ever self-made billionaire' after reports claimed she had made an astonishing $900million from her cosmetic company, Kylie Cosmetics.

The youngest member of the Kardashian clan only turned 21 in August and is already the wealthiest member of her family according to reports from Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.

In lieu of her astronomical success, Forbes profiled Kylie on their August cover which will focus on 'America's Women Billionaires'.

Once profits exceed $1billion, she will usurp Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg as the 'youngest-ever self-made billionaire,' a title the tech genius claimed at 23-years-old.

Uploading their upcoming August cover to their Instagram account, they wrote a caption which read, "Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire ever, ahead of even Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23.

"Find out how she built a $900 million fortune in less than 3 years. #SelfMadeWomen." Like we're all going to be able to do the same or something?"


26. Ariana Rockefeller, 25

Net Worth- $3.6bn

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The name sounds familiar, doesn't it? Ariana Rockefeller was certainly born into the right family. Now in its fifth generation, the 32-year-old is one of the most recognizable faces of the family dynasty.

Often making various public appearances on behalf of the family company, Rockefeller spoke of the values her grandfather installed in her in an interview with NBC. 

"The message was, a dollar is a dollar and to value that and to put a lot of value on hard work and the enjoyment of life, of course, and to give back," Rockefeller said to journalist Robert Frank.

 


27. Amanda Hearst, 34

Net Worth: $2bn

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If you think Alexandra Rockefeller's family history is impressive, then you'll be even more impressed by Amanda Hearst's, whose great-grandfather is William Randolph Hearst, one of America's most famed tycoons and the muse behind  Orson Welles’ cinematic masterpiece Citizen Kane. Keeping up the long tradition of the family's involvement in media and publishing, Hearst is now the Associate Market Editor at Marie Claire, one of the world's most popular monthly high-toned fashion and lifestyle magazines.

She is also an activist, and fashion model and the brains behind Friends of Finn, a charity which aims to expose the inhumane treatment of canine bred in puppy mills.


28. The Fredriksen Twins, 35

Net Worth: $10bn 

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Kathrine and Cecilie Fredriksen are quite the twins! Not only do they parade their fortune in fancy parties like most heiresses, but they are also actively involved in their father's multi-billion oil and shipping business.

With their family estimated to have a net worth of almost $10bn, the Fredriksen family have educated their children across Europe and also have a major influence in the fashion industry. 


29. Anna Anissimova Schafer, 26

Net Worth: $41bn

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Anna Anissimova Schafer is a very wealthy heiress who hails from Russia. While you may never have heard of her, go to Russia, and you will find most people know who she is.

Like many socialites, she has dabbled in modeling and acting, going onto appear in the movies The Whistleblower, Father of Inventions and Flutter.


 30. Lucy Southworth, 39

Net Worth: $49bn

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One-half of Google's brains, Larry Page has seen his search engine which began in the humble setting of his garage, turn into the world's most visited website. In time, a $30 billion fortune also followed, but Page seems richer because of his beautiful and intelligent wife, Lucy Southworth.

The blonde beauty graduated from Oxford University and is currently studying for a doctorate in biomedical informatics at Stanford University. The couple had dated for two years before they tied the knot in a small ceremony on Richard Branson's exotic Necker Island in 2007. 


31. Ana Lucia de Mattos Barretto Villela, 45

Net Worth: $1.9bn

With her grandfather establishing one of the largest banks in Brazil, it eventually became a publicly traded company when it merged with a competitor.

Vilela owns a substantial amount of shares in a holding company that controls Unibanco Holding S.A., one of Brazil's most profitable banks.


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