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Young Rich List – 30 Under 30 Internet Millionaires
#1 Mark Zuckerberg Aged 26yrs
Worth an estimated $6.9 billion
If you don’t know who Mark Zuckerberg is already, you really must have been living under a rock. Mark is an American entrepreneur who co-founded and is currently the CEO of the social networking behemoth we know as Facebook. Hailing from White Plains, New York, Mark started his programming at a very early age back in “Middle School” and it looks like that really paid off. Currently owning approximately 24% of Facebook, Mark is now a Multi-Billionaire, with a fortune of roughly $6.9bn and growing. So why is he top of the list? Well, I can think of a few reasons, 6.9 billion reasons in fact!
#2 Dustin Moskovitz Aged 26yrs
Worth an estimated $1.4 billion
Now Dustin may be a little less familiar to you than Mark (above) but he’s definitely someone who has struck lucky. In fact Dustin was one of the co-founders of Facebook along with Mark. Dustin has since left Facebook (back in 2008) and has now set up his own business, Asana a company that apparently tackles the problems of workplace collaborations. Still in it’s early development stages, Asana is currently in Beta mode if you are interested? So how much did he make? A little over $1.4bn.
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#3 Andrew Mason – Aged 29yrs
Worth an estimated $600 million
Andrew Mason is the founder and CEO of the online business Groupon. A site you have all more than likely heard about or used before. Andrew Now just 29 years old is worth an estimated $600 million due to the sites huge success. Founded in 2008 Groupon has been steadily increasing it’s traffic and it’s income for the grateful founder. The aim of the website is to offer out daily deals to people all over the world via an online coupon service. Each and everyday Groupon releases new “Groupons” to its customers allowing them to receive discounts on anything from subway meals to laptops and much more. Andrew was given $1 million dollars by his previous employer in order to start this venture which has now made them both a lot of money in the 2 short years it has been up and running. I’m sure we can expect more from them in the near future.
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#4 Matthew Mullenweg – Aged 26yrs
*Worth an estimated $250 million
Its nice to have one of our own on the list, and I’m pretty sure we all know who this young chap is. Matthew Mullenweg is the founding developer of WordPress, a resource a lot of us use on a daily basis. Funnily enough his background is anything but technical, he went to a performing arts school, learned to play the Jazz Saxophone, and then he went on to created one of the best website and blog programs in the world. In 2005 he started the company Automatic, which became the backing force behind WordPress and Akismet. Well done Ma.tt – You see what I did there?
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#5 Blake Ross – Aged 25yrs
Worth an estimated $150 million
Blake Ross is an American software developer, known best for his work with Mozilla Firefox. That’s right at the age of 25yrs he has been able to accumulate a total fortune worth $150 million. In 2005 he was nominated for the Wired Magazines top “Rave Award” opposite some very popular names including Larry Page and Jon Stewart. Blake also co-founded the company Parakey which was eventually bought out by, yes you’ve guessed it, Facebook.
#6 Gurbaksh Chahal – Aged 28yrs
Worth an estimated $100+ million
Gurbaksh Chahalis an American author and entrepreneur that has managed to create, build and grow two businesses into a massive empire worth $340 million, and all that before he is even 30yrs! Born in India, his family finally settled in California, by the time he was 16yrs old he had dropped out of school and decided to embark on a career in business. Gurbaksh is now the CEO and founder of gWallet.Inc. What an awe-inspiring story.
Worth an estimated $80 million
You may not have heard about Naveen but rest assured he is definitely a big hitter. He made most of his money through a joint venture that you may have heard of, Foursquare anyone? However before co-founding Foursquare he had worked extensively with some very well known brands, Nokia, Sun Microsystems and Sony to name a few. $80 million, yes please!
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#8 Angelo Sotira – Aged 29yrs
Worth an estimated $75 million
Angelo, is someone a lot of you graphic designers, photographers, and web developers may know very well. He is the pioneering brain behind DeviantArt, The website was co-founded back in 2000 with Scott Jarkoff and Matt Stephens and is bigger than ever today. It really is the Facebook of the art/digital art world. The community is very strong and it’s a really intriguing and inspirational website. Still $75 million for creating a website back in 2000, I think I could wait 10 years for $75mil, how about you?
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#9 Nat Turner – Aged 26yrs
Worth an estimated $70 million
Nat Turner is one lucky entrepreneur, but lets not be harsh on him, he worked extremely hard in order to get lucky. What I mean is that he was lucky enough to build a brilliant company, Invitemedia, which is a “universal buying platform” for display media according to their website. Where he got “lucky” is when the global giant that is Google, decided to buy him and his co-founders (Zach Weinberg and Scott Becker – both aged 23yrs) out for a nice round figure of $70 million. Good job Nat.
#10 Peter Cashmore – Aged 24yrs
Worth an estimated $70 million
Peter Cashmore is is the CEO and founder of the unique media website Mashable.com which he started back in 2005. Pete has been lucky enough to appear in the Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 as well as getting a mention in the top 25 web-celebrities. There have been so many great reviews by so many large publishing brands and the brand itself seems to just getter better with time. The site now has over 10 million readers monthly, and is set to have even more by the end of the year.