To get noticed in today’s under-40 global wealth rankings, you need a lot more than a mere $1 billion.
Just to make it onto list, you’ll need to boost that by a factor of four, according to data compiled by Wealth-X. To get anywhere midfield on the top 10, you’ll need to be into the $5 billion-and-above range.
Keep in mind, many of these individuals are still in the relatively early stages of their careers. But with the way things are going, they are likely to be worth a lot more by the time they approach natural retirement in their mid-50s. Still, it’s no coincidence that the wealth league tables are dominated by individuals who’ve made their fortunes in Silicon Valley. Six of top 10, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, made their wealth in tech. Another notable trend, eight of those on the list are self-made. Fortune favors the bold. But it would also seem that it favor those with a touch for tech.
- Mark Zuckerberg, 30, CEO of Facebook, Net worth: $35.1 billion
- Dustin Moskovitz, 30, Facebook, Net worth: $7.7 billion
- Jan Koum, 38, Co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp, Net worth $7.7 billion
- Scott Duncan, 32, Heir to the Duncan family fortune, co-founder of Enterprise Products Partners LP, Net worth $5.5 billion
- Sean Parker, 35, Facebook, Net worth $5.2 billion
- Yang Huiyan, 34, Inheritance, Net worth $5.1 billion (Mainland Chinese)
- Alejandro Santo Domingo Villa. 38, Inheritance, Net worth $4.9 billion (Colombian)
- Elizabeth Holmes, 31, CEO of Theranos, Net worth $4.5 billion
- Eduardo Saverin, 32, Co-founder of Facebook, Net worth $4.4 billion (Brazilian)
- Arun Pudur, 38, Founder of softeware company Celframe, Net worth $4 billion (Indian)
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