Net worth: $3.8 billion USD How he made his billions: Airbnb Location: San Francisco, California Age 36
Brian Chesky is the son of social worker parents who began his career as an industrial designer and strategist at 3DID, Inc., in Los Angeles. Airbnb started out smaller; Chesky and his school friend Joe Gebbia couldn’t afford to pay rent, so they let out airbeds and breakfast in their San Francisco to conference delegates. As the business became more prominent, so did Chesky. Today, Airbnb has changed the way we holiday – and is often seen as a competitor to major hotel chains all over the world.
Chesky owns a 13% stake in Airbnb, and his personal net worth is $3.3 billion – landing him 7th on the list of world’s richest tech billionaires under 40. Apple design chief Jony Ive is a big fan of Airbnb CEO – he thinks the 33-year-old founder’s “audacity is fabulous.” With Airbnb, Chesky has helped create millions of personal connections that even the best hotels in the world should envy.
In June 2016, Brian Chesky along with fellow co-founders Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk joined the group of billionaires called “The Giving Pledge,” committing half of their fortune to charity. And yes, Brian Chesky’s apartment is still listed on Airbnb, so you can Airbnb the chief’s pad.