Most of the world’s youngest billionaires fall in the latter category, but not Mark Elliot Zuckerberg. The 31-year-old hoodie clad programming prodigy is without a doubt a standout self-made billionaire, striking it beyond rich with a social media game-changer that forever transformed how humans communicate — one billion of us and counting.
The Facebook co-founder and CEO once again claims the top spot on Singapore-based consultancy Wealth-X’s annual list of the wealthiest individuals younger than 35, released in August.
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg became the youngest self-made billionaire in history at age 23, thanks to Facebook’s IPO. Today, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla are the ninth-wealthiest couple in the world and active philanthropists.
Two of his co-founders — one of whom joined the cocksure techie in dropping out of Harvard to work on Facebook full time — also made the list.
Three of Facebook’s original five founders aren’t the only power tech trio on the roundup. Airbnb’s founding trio — Brian Chesky, 33, Nathan Blecharczyk, 32, and Joe Gebbia, 33 — also grace the mindbogglingly wealthy who’s who.
Related: Pallonji Mistry – the richest Irishman. The vast wealth of Pallonji Mistry and his family continues to outstrip the rest of Ireland’s super-rich.
The youngest mogul to make the list is Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, only a tender 25 and sitting on a colossal fortune of an estimated $1.9 billion. Must be nice.
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According to Forbes, it was a record year for the richest people on earth, as the number of billionaires jumped 13% to 2,043 from 1,810 last year, the first time ever that Forbes has pinned down more than 2,000 ten-figure-fortunes.
Bill Gates is the number one richest for the fourth year in a row. And he is the richest person in the world for 18 out of the past 23 years.