Of the roughly 7 billion people on the planet, 1,645 have earned dollar amounts topping the one billion mark. Of those, just over a thousand are “self-made,” meaning they did not inherit the majority of their wealth. And of that small percentage, only 13 are under 40 years old.
Don’t worry – you won’t find the Justin Biebers, Paris Hiltons and other rich celebrities who make you question your work ethic and life accomplishments on this list. These young millionaires didn’t inherit their fortunes or catch a lucky break, and have yet to reach the coveted and elite status of Billionaire. The billionaires on this list are the result of hard work, relentless ambition, street smarts and, likely, a lot of luck, too.
Notably missing from this year’s youngest billionaires lists are two of the most recognizable names in the tech business: Sergei Brin and Larry Page, who both turn 40 this year. However, not surprisingly, the majority of this list also made their fortunes in the tech industry, founding small startups that turned out to be gold mines. If you’ve seen The Social Network you can likely guess the names of at least 4 of these young billionaires.
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