THE ORIG­I­NAL 30 UN­DER 30

World-chang­ing young en­trepreneurs since 1917.

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1910S

Wal­ter L. Ja­cobs FOUNDER, RENT- A- CAR

In 1918, 22-year-old Chicagoan be­gins rent­ing fleet of 12 Model T Fords; rev­enues top $1 mil­lion by 1925; sells out to John Hertz, re­mains pres­i­dent of Hertz Corp. un­til 1960

1920S Howard Hughes FILM PRO­DUCER

The wealthy oil-patch heir storms Hol­ly­wood; by 1927, the 22-year-old has fi­nan­cial, crit­i­cal hits with Every­body’s Act­ing and Two Ara­bian

Knights. Later: Hughes Air­craft, RKO, TWA, Ve­gas casino, recluse.

1930S Ernest and Julio Gallo CO­FOUNDERS, E& J GALLO WIN­ERY

Fol­low­ing Pro­hi­bi­tion, 24-year-old Ernest bor­rows $6,000 from his mother-in-law in 1933 to start a win­ery; with brother Julio, they make E&J into Amer­ica’s largest wine­maker; peren­nial mem­bers of Forbes 400.

1940S Pa­trick J. Fraw­ley FOUNDER, FRAW­LEY PEN CO.

As a teenager, the Nicaraguan-born Amer­i­can sells tires to Panama; in 1949, at 26, buys fail­ing ball­point-pen maker and de­vel­ops leakproof Pa­per Mate, sells to Gil­lette. Sec­ond act: Schick ra­zors.

1950S Dan and Frank Car­ney CO­FOUNDERS, PIZZA HUT

Two Wichita State stu­dents, 27 and 20, bor­row $600 from Mom to open Pizza Hut in 1958; start fran­chis­ing 1959; de­liv­ery pi­o­neers sell to Pep­sico in 1977 for $300 mil­lion.

1960S

Saul Steinberg FOUNDER, LEASCO

Brook­lyn-born fi­nancier starts by leas­ing IBM main­frames, be­comes in­fa­mous as cor­po­rate raider; 1968 hos­tile takeover of Re­liance In­sur­ance makes the 29-year-old rich; un­suc­cess­ful runs at Chemical Bank, Dis­ney; fi­nally, bank­ruptcy.

1970S

Debbi Fields FOUNDER, MRS. FIELDS

In 1977, the re­cently mar­ried 21-yearold se­cures a high-in­ter­est loan to start a bak­ery in Palo Alto; her warm cook­ies soon win over mil­lions; still the com­pany spokesper­son at 61.

1980S

Steve Jobs CO­FOUNDER, AP­PLE

At 27, mem­ber of 1982 Forbes 400 is worth $ 100 mil­lion; in­tro­duces Mac in 1984; fired in 1985. Founds NEXT, Pixar. Comes back with a vengeance: ipod, iphone, ipad.

1990S Jonathan Coon CO­FOUNDER, 1- 800- CON­TACTS

Frus­trated by high costs and waits at eye docs, BYU grad teams with op­ti­cian in 1995 to sell lenses di­rectly to con­sumers; at 28 took com­pany pub­lic; fi­nanced Napoleon Dy­na­mite.

2000S

Mark Zuckerberg CO­FOUNDER, FACE­BOOK

Nineteen-year-old Har­vard sopho­more hacks to­gether so­cial net­work­ing site in 2004. Hyper­growth: com­pany worth $15 bil­lion by 2007; now 2 bil­lion ac­tive users; Zuck is world’s fifth-rich­est per­son.

2010S Pa­trick and John Col­li­son CO­FOUNDERS, STRIPE

At 29 and 27, the Ir­ish-born, Cal­i­for­nia-re­sid­ing broth­ers are among world’s youngest self­made bil­lion­aires thanks to their en­trepreneurfriendly in­ter­net pay­ment pro­ces­sor Stripe, which they started in 2011.

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