CLASS OF 2016
Melanie Perkins THEN:
Eight million people had used her company Canva’s free webbased app to design everything from Pinterest graphics to restaurant menus. The Australiabased startup was valued at $165 million.
Canva raised $200 million in new funding in September at a $40 billion valuation. Still CEO, Perkins and her cofounder husband, Cliff Obrecht, both billionaires, plan to give away 30% of their estimated combined 36% stake.
Vlad Tenev THEN:
With fellow Stanford undergrad Baiju Bhatt, Tenev launched nofee stock trading app Robinhood in 2013, with the platform’s nocommission trading model revolutionizing the brokerage industry. When the cofounders debuted on the Under 30, the startup was valued at $250 million.
Robinhood, which boasts over 22 million accounts, went public in July and now has a market cap of $25 billion. Tenev, who is CEO, and Bhatt, the company’s chief creative officer, are both billionaires.