Net worth: $3.8 billion USD How he made his billions: Airbnb Location: San Francisco, California Age 36
In 2008, Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia could barely make rent. The sharing economy forefathers created a basic website advertising their pad for rent – and the rest is history! Nine years later, the Internet startup puts an estimated 850,000 people up every night in over two million listings in 190 countries. The bow-tie wearing co-founder and chief product officer of Airbnb had founded three businesses before founding one of the biggest tech companies in Silicon Valley – currently valued at $50 billion, slightly bigger than Marriott’s $39 valuation.
An avid inventor (he has designed and patented buttox-shaped portable seat cushions called Critbuns), Gebbia helped drive Airbnb deeper into the most challenging markets, including Cuba and Africa. Gebbia’s “ultimate dream” is to book at night at the Eames Case Stufy House No. 8 in Pacific Palisades, California.