Net worth: $71.1 billion USD How he made his billions: Facebook, Inc. Location: Palo Alto, California Age: 33
At an age where Millennials are buried in student debt and tepid income growth, some have already made some serious moolah. At the age of thirty three, chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Inc., Mark Zuckerberg has achieved more than any of us could ever dream of in one lifetime. The Facebook.com co-founder became a billionaire in 2008 at age 23. Facebook’s IPO made Zuckerberg the ‘youngest self-made billionaire’ in history until the title was snagged up by Snapchat cofounder Evan Spiegel five years later. We looked at Zuckerberg’s net worth and found that he remains atop the list of the richest individuals under 40.
The “hoodie” clad programming prodigy launched “thefacebook.com” from his Harvard dorm room on February 4, 2005. He was just 19 at the time and “didn’t know much about business back then.” The wonderkid turned down million dollar offers from AOL, Bill Gates, and even MTV. The Harvard-based social network is now used by more than two billion users worldwide. Despite a harrowing performance of the company’s IPO in 2012, each share has now risen more than 100 percent in the past couple of years. Mark Zuckerberg is an immensely talented strategist, and he keeps acquiring companies that continue their operation under Facebook, Inc. Some of his power purchases include Whatsapp at $19 billion, Instagram at $1 billion, and Oculus Rift for $2 billion. On the philanthropy front, Mark Zuckerberg continues to remain active using FWD.US to campaign for immigration reform and advancements in science and technology education.