Evan Spiegel (SnapChat) 24 years old
Even Spiegel and Murphy hit it big with their photo messaging app, Snapchat. Spiegel was studying product design at Stanford University when he met Murphy at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house. As mentioned before, their initial app named Picaboo was a failure, but when they later rebranded it as Snapchat, it took off. In a very big way. Spiegel turned down a $3 billion buyout from Facebook, and other offers came in valuing the company at $19 billion. Spiegel is valued at over $1.5 billion, making him the youngest billionaire in the world right now.
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) 30 years old
You knew this list wouldn’t be complete without Mark Zuckerberg, would it? Zuckerberg is a Harvard dropout who started the business and built up the behemoth we know today. And he hasn’t stopped there. He keeps growing, purchasing new businesses and investing more money, and in total, he’s worth around $33.4 billion, making him the 16th richest person in the world. Most of that made before he was even 30 years old.
Elizabeth Holmes (Blood Testing) 31 years old
While many parents would be furious if their daughter dropped out of Stanford, Elizabeth Holmes actually owes her fortune doing just that. With the money she saved up for college, she invested in a business she founded, Theranos, which is a blood testing lab that is far more cost effective than many of the commercial labs that are currently out there. And it appears to be a good investment, as her company is estimated to be worth $9 billion – of which Holmes owns a 50% stake in.
Holmes is not only one of the youngest billionaires in the world, she’s also the youngest female self-made billionaire.
Tatiana Casiraghi (Beer) 31 years old
Tatiana Casiraghi came from wealth, but marrying into Monaco’s royal family didn’t hurt her any either. Especially since her husband is reported to be second in line to be king. However, her personal wealth mainly comes from her grandfather’s business, the Colombian beer company Bavaria which was later traded in 2005. Several years later, Tatiana’s father passed away, leaving a portion of the family fortune to her and her brother Julio Mario Santo Domingo III, who’s also on this list.
Casiraghi is said to be worth $2.2 billion. And she married into royalty. All by the age of 31. We bet there are a good number of you envious of her right about now. Are we right?
Nathan Blecharczyk (Airbnb) 31 years old
Nathan Blecharczyk made his billions via the internet. If you’re a world traveler, or even if you’re not but dream of being one, chances are good you’ve heard of Airbnb. For those unfamiliar with the company, the website lists homes or rooms in people’s personal houses that are for rent – temporarily. Basically, it’s an alternative to staying in a hotel room, and folks who use it swear that you can find some amazing deals. Not only that, but people who have a spare room can make some extra money by renting out the room or even renting out their entire house if they’re going to be away for awhile. It’s a win-win for both homeowner and renter, honestly.
And it’s obviously a business that works because Blecharczyk is worth $1.9 billion thanks to the concept.
Ryan Graves (Uber) 31 years old
When Uber’s cofounder, Travis Kalanick, tweeted that he was looking to hire a product manager, Ryan Graves responded. That tweet ended up making Graves billions over the years. He was one of the first employees for the car service, Uber, which is taking the world by storm and changing how we commute around town. Similar to a taxi service, Uber employs people to drive their personal vehicles to pick up other people around town and take them where they need to go. Graves worked briefly as the CEO of the company, and now is head of global operations. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Graves is worth $1.4 billion.
Scott Duncan (Pipelines) 32 years old
Scott Duncan just so happened to be lucky enough to be born into a family that controls 51,000 miles of oil, natural gas, and petrochemical pipelines. His father, Dan Duncan who passed away in 2010, founded Enterprise Products Partners, and Scott is the youngest of the Duncan heirs. His siblings are also billionaires, but only his sister Randa Duncan Williams actually takes a role in running the business. Randa is the non-executive Chairman of the Board. Scott is estimated to be worth around $6.2 billion.
Drew Houston (Dropbox) 32 years old
Some people are born entrepreneurs. If you don’t believe that now, maybe the story of Drew Houston will change your mind. Houston started messing with computers when others were still coloring outside of the lines and preparing for kindergarten. He started his first company in high school. But it was his sixth company, DropBox, that he made it big. Yes, he’s in his early 30s and already has at least six businesses under his belt. DropBox is estimated to be worth $10 billion, making Houston’s share out to be around $1.24 billion. Not too shabby, especially since this probably won’t be the last venture he invests in as well. We expect to see him rise through the ranks of the Richest People lists as time goes on.
Yang Huiyan (Real Estate) 33 years old
Yang Huiyan is one of the richest women in China – and at just 33 years old, she’s also one of the youngest billionaires. And like several others on this list, she owes her wealth to her family. Her father was a real estate developer and owner of Country Garden Holdings. In 2007, he transferred the company to her. She took over as chairman and is a member of the board. Huiyan is estimated to be worth $5 billion at the moment, but Country Garden Holdings recently entered into the Australian real estate market so we expect that number to grow over the years.
Eduardo Saverin (Facebook) 33 years old
Eduardo Saverin, like several others featured on this list, made a lot of his fortune as one of the co-founders of social media powerhouse, Facebook. But Saverin didn’t stop there. After renouncing his U.S citizenship, he moved to Singapore and co-founded Velos Partners, a private equity firm, and invested in other companies such as Hampton Creek Foods and Silvercar, a rental car service. Saverin, who was originally born in Brazil, is the 8th richest person in his native country and is currently valued at $5.1 billion, which is slightly up from the $4.8 billion he was listed to be worth at the beginning of the year. He has a Bachelor degree from Harvard University.