Once, John Maxwell stated that “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” Check out this list of TopYaps, describing the top 10 youngest billionaires who never gave up while achieving their dreams of becoming a famed face of society.
10. William Ding (China):
Wealth means two things to me, money and talent, what I’ve got today belongs to yesterday, but what’s in my mind creates the future. This graduate from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China established Internet portal NetEase in 1997, when he was only 26. This energetic business tycoon is the major force for spreading and popularizing Internet in China. Buff of Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison, Ding is known for his dead-on decision making skills and which is the very prime reason to be enlisted among one of the youngest billionaires.
9. Yoshikazu Tanaka (Japan):
Once again, the Internet rules! Tanaka dumped the Sony Communication Network after graduating from Nihon’s University Faculty of Law in 1999 and founded the revolutionary social site GREE (evolved from the phrase “Six degrees of separation”) in 2004. This self-made youngest billionaire of Asia has now became an epitome in the field of mobile gaming. Considered as the strong contestant for the No. 1 position of Mark Zukerberg, Tanaka is also referred as The Next Bill Gates.
8. Fahd Hariri (Lebanon):
Son of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, Fahd Hariri is a dashing superhero of corporate world who now lives in Paris with his mother and is involved in construction projects. He also runs a television network started by his father in 1992. This baby boy of a mega-rich Hariri family has strictly denied using the property of his family to live a lavishing lifestyle.
7. Albert von Thurn and Taxis (Germany):
This graduate of Economics and Theology from the University of Edinburgh belongs to the royal family of Thurn and Taxis and was listed in the Forbes rank when he was only eight (officially he inherited fortune when he turned 18). Crazy of car racing, he has the largest forest holdings in Europe. He is also involved in real estate, art and a tech sector and electricity production. Apart from being one of the youngest billionaires in the world, he, in 2008, successfully secured the 11th rank in Forbes Magazine’s “20 Hottest Young Royals.”
6. Yang Huiyan (China):
Till the time, Yang Huiyan is the youngest billionaire in China and owns a real estate firm Country Garden, founded by her father, Yeung Kwok Keung. This gorgeous, young lady is on 277th rank among the 1000 richest people in world, according to Forbes. A perfect embodiment of women empowerment, she has a great contribution in rapid evolution of China’s economy.
5. Kostyantin Zhevago (Ukraine):
Widely known as the “Master of Finance”, Zhevago is the first Eastern European to enlist his company, Ferrexpo on London Stock Exchange. Since, 1998, he is a regular member of the Parliament of Ukraine. A specialist in International economics, his bank – “Finances and Credit” is the largest bank of Ukraine. He is also the owner of Ukraine’s football team – “FC Vorskla Poltava”. This nerd of Kiev National Economic University is also the youngest European multimillionaire who established his empire by himself.
4. Sergey Brin (Russia):
We want Google to be the third half of your brain. Boyishly handsome, Brin is a Ph.D. holder in computer science from Stanford. During his Ph.D. he started working on his university project – “Google” with his batch mate Larry Page. But then, nobody had imagine that one day this Google will become an epitome in Internet history. A big fan of roller hockey, this handsome hunk lives a common life and still drives his not so costly car – Toyota Prius.
3. Larry Page (United States):
Co-founder of the multibillion-dollar company Google with his best friend, Sergey Brin, has an esteemed position in the hearts of people who rely on Google. One of the youngest billionaires of the world, Larry started the Google project with Brin in their Stanford Lab which later shifted to the California’s Silicon Valley. He never finished his Ph.D. due to the great success of his magical search engine.
2. John Arnold (United States):
After quitting his job as an oil trader in Enron, John founded his own company – “Centaurus”, focusing on natural gas and energy trading. He has got the mind of an economist, the experience of a old gas man, and the iron stomach of a riverboat gambler. His previous trading experiences with Enron brainstormed him the requirement of gas customers in entire country.
1. Mark Zuckerberg (United States):
Today Facebook mania in nothing but a “Harvard thing by Harvard Boy.” Once again Harvard came into spotlight when Facebook was founded in 2004 by a shy master programmer Mark Zuckerberg in his dorm room shared by co-founders Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin and Chris Hughes. The vision of this nerd can be easily understood by his statement: When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power.
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