Everybody from time to time thinks back to their schooldays and their choice of job or occupation, some people look back and are contented with their choice, but for many others it is a case of what if? Having the courage to go down a precarious route of becoming a young entrepreneur is indeed very rare, but some of the richest businessmen and businesswomen in the world today did exactly that, and in this blog, we celebrate them.
This child prodigy is one of the most famous hoodie-wearing guys in the world, Mark Zuckerberg epitomizes what the word entrepreneur actually means. And his product, namely Facebook, is one of the most recognizable brands on the planet. His programming innovation enabled social media to really take off, and in one fell swoop changed the way one billion people communicate today. The consultancy Wealth-X based in Singapore placed Zuckerberg on their list of the wealthiest individuals in the world.
Another Ivy League dropout, Elizabeth Holmes wanted to follow her entrepreneurial dreams and developed Theranos with the help of the educational cash from her parents to start it all off. It is a Californian based blood diagnostics company and has just reached $9 billion turnover, and is estimated to be worth $4.5 billion.
Persson developed the chic and savvy clothes company Hennes & Mauritz commonly known as H&M. The young Swede has help when his grandfather bought and forged together two established European clothes stores, Widforss and Hennes. Personn’s father, sister and brother are also billionaires in their own right, and the jet flying globetrotter’s empire is now valued at $2.7 billion, which is not bad for an ex London film school graduate.
Pavel Durov is a young Russian entrepreneur who has been tagged as the Mark Zuckerberg of Russia. He developed his own social media network called VK, and it is now far more widely used than Facebook in his home country. There were rumours that Durov sought to flee Russia as the government was trying to take over VK. Durov has since developed Telegram, which is a messaging application.
This young African entrepreneur shook the world when he developed and sold his first business, Hypecentury Technologies, when he was just sixteen. Four years on and the plucky Mubarak is now the leading man behind Zagace based in Kenya. Zagace develops and builds business software and is becoming vastly popular across the world, Mubarak was recognized for his skills and actually offered a Harvard Business scholarship. This he declined to continue his entrepreneurial skills and develop more businesses.
Deepak Ravindran saw a gap in the Indian market that helps Indians use social media and access do Google via text messages. This Deepak realized was crucial as mobile internet in India is far less developed than other countries. His latest venture is Lookup, which is a service that allows people to chat to local businesses via their mobile phones. All these young entrepreneurs have focus and drive to get where they are today, although some had a little financial help along the way it is still remarkable they have managed to achieve what they have.