There are about 2,000 billionaires in the world, according to Forbes. Some of them are self-made, some run family businesses, and some have received large inheritances. Here we take a look at the youngest billionaires in the world as per Forbes’ Real-time Ranking. The youngest of them is just 22 years old. Notably, three of the world’s youngest billionaires are all from Norway.
Ranked: Ten youngest billionaires
TV star Kylie Jenner, who is just 21, was on the cusp of becoming the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. But she narrowly missed out on the list because her current net worth is around $900 million. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had become a billionaire at 23 in 2006.
Ranked below are the world’s youngest billionaires by age from oldest to youngest. The oldest of them is 32 years old while the youngest one is just 22.
10- Eva Maria Braun-Luedicke, 32
Eva Maria Braun-Luedicke owns 12% of German medical equipment giant B. Braun Melsungen. The company began its journey in 1839 as a small pharmacy and generated more than $7.9 billion in sales in 2017. B. Braun has more than 58,000 employees across the globe. Eva Maria Braun-Luedicke has a net worth of $1.3 billion, according to Forbes.
9- Lukas Walton, 32
The grandson of Walmart founder Sam Walton currently has a net worth of $15.8 billion. Lukas Walton inherited his fortune when his father John Walton died in a plane crash in 2005. He received more than a third of his father’s estate while Lukas’ mother Christy Walton got one-sixth. The 32-year-old owns shares of Walmart, Arvest Bank, First Solar, and many other companies.
8- Patrick Collison, 30
Patrick Collison is a self-made billionaire with a net worth of $2.1 billion. He co-founded the online payments service provider Stripe with his younger brother John Collison. Stripe counts Silicon Valley heavyweights Elon Musk and Peter Thiel among its investors. In November 2016, Stripe raised $150 million in a funding round that valued the startup at $9.2 billion.
7- Bobby Murphy, 30
Bobby Murphy is the co-founder of Snap Inc, which operates Snapchat. He built Snapchat with his Stanford fraternity brother Evan Spiegel, and currently serves as Snap’s chief technology officer. Both Spiegel and Murphy became billionaires when Snap Inc was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in March 2017. Murphy has a net worth of $2.2 billion.
6- Ludwig Theodor Braun, 29
Ludwig Theodor Braun holds 10% shares of Germany medical instruments maker B. Braun Melsungen. His father took control of the company in 1977 when its revenue was only $24 million. Since then, its revenues have grown to $7.9 billion. Ludwig Theodor Braun has a net worth of $1.1 billion.
5- John Collison, 28
The younger brother of Patrick Collison and co-founder of Stripe. The Irish-born brothers John and Patrick co-founded Stripe in 2011 while attending Harvard. John has a net worth of $2.1 billion. According to media reports, Stripe was valued at $20 billion in its latest funding round.
4- Evan Spiegel, 28
Twenty-eight years old Evan Spiegel has a net worth of $2.2 billion. He is the co-founder and CEO of Snap Inc, the company that operates Snapchat. Spiegel was studying at Stanford where he met Bobby Murphy and the two built Snapchat from scratch. Today, Snapchat has about 200 million active users. Both Spiegel and Murphy own about 18% of the company each.
3- Gustav Magnar Witzoe, 25
Gustav Magnar Witzoe owns roughly half of SalMar ASA, which is one of the world’s largest salmon producers. Gustav Magnar Witzoe received that stake from his father in 2013. While Witzoe Sr. runs the company, Gustav Magnar Witzoe has been investing in tech startups and real estate. He has a net worth of $2.9 billion.
2- Katharina Andresen, 23
Born in 1995 in Norway, Katharina Andresen is the world’s second youngest billionaire. She inherited 42.2% of the family-owned investment firm Ferd, which runs hedge funds and has private equity investments. Her net worth is $1.4 billion. Katharina Andresen made headlines a couple of years ago when she was fined 250,000 kroner for drunk driving.
1- Alexandra Andresen, 22
Alexandra Andresen is a year younger than her sister Katharina. Just like her sister, she inherited a 42.2% stake in Norwegian investment firm Ferd from her father. She has a net worth of $1.4 billion. While the two sisters own the majority of Ferd shares, their father Johan still runs the firm and controls 70% voting rights via a dual-class share structure.
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