THE ORIGINAL 30 UNDER 30
World-changing young entrepreneurs since 1917.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.