Careers Business Ownership Top Young Entrepreneurs These Millennial Entrepreneurs Have Made it Big Share PINTEREST Email Print Business Ownership Becoming an Owner Entrepreneurship Small Business Online Business Home Business Operations & Success Industries By Susan Ward Susan Ward Susan Ward has run an IT consulting firm and designed and presented courses on how to promote small businesses. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 11/20/19 What do these top young entrepreneurs have in common? The same traits that builders of great businesses have always had: DeterminationSelf-confidenceA willingness to take risksAn ability to seize the initiativePerseveranceCompetitivenessSelf-relianceA strong need to achieve Take the above characteristics and match them up with a great business idea and you have a recipe for success, as the following young entrepreneurs, all multi-millionaires and billionaires, have demonstrated: 01 of 06 Mark Zuckerberg (born 1984) - Facebook Young entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook. Chesnot Industry: Internet Content & Information Founded: 2004 Full time employees: > 30,000 Market capitalization: ~ $450 billion As co-founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is the king of young entrepreneurs. After developing Facebook within the Harvard community he left the university in his sophomore year to work full time on expanding Facebook to a worldwide audience, and the rest is history. Zuckerberg owns approximately 25 percent of Facebook shares, giving him an estimated net worth of over $80 billion and making him one of the top 10 richest people in the world. Advice to young entrepreneurs: "Find that thing you are super passionate about". 02 of 06 John Collison (born 1990) - Stripe Young entrepreneur John Collison - Stripe. S3studio/Getty Images Industry: Software - Online Payments Founded: 2010 Full time employees: > 1300 Estimated annual revenue: > $500 million (private) After dropping out of college, the Irish-born John Collison and his brother Patrick went on to found Stripe in 2010, with the goal of revolutionizing the digital payment business. After receiving seed funding from venture capital investors such as Elon Musk , Stripe has rapidly grown into one of the largest mobile payment processing companies, boasting clients such as Lyft and Shopify along with partnerships with Visa, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. By 2016 the Collison brothers had become the youngest self-made billionaires in the world. As of 2018 Stripe was valued at over $19 billion. John Collison attributes the success of Stripe to the employees: "There is not a sliver of a chance that we would be here without the hard work of hundreds of employees building Stripe." 03 of 06 Evan Spiegel (born 1990) and Bobby Murphy (born 1988) - Snap Inc (Snapchat) Young entrepreneurs Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy - Snapchat. Lars Niki/Getty Images Industry: Internet Content & Information Founded: 2010 Full time employees: > 2,800 Market capitalization: ~ $16.7 billion Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy are the co-founders of Snap Inc., a camera company which operates the photo messaging service known as Snapchat. Spiegel came up with the idea of Snapchat while still a student at Stanford University, where he met Bobby Murphy. Evan Spiegel is 28 years old and has a net worth of $3 billion. Some of Spiegel's advice for success: "Find an area of specialization, something you can do very well, and become the best at it." "The most important thing is to really have fun and enjoy the process - because unless you really get joy from the amount of growth required—as an individual, but also for your business—it can really burn you out." 04 of 06 Arash Ferdowsi (born 1985) and Drew Houston (born 1983) - Dropbox Young entrepreneurs Arash Ferdowsi and Drew Houston. Kimberly White/Stringer/Getty Images Industry: Software - Infrastructure Founded: 2007 Full time employees: > 1,800 Market capitalization: ~ $16.7 billion Houston and Ferdowsi were students at at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when they came up with the idea of an cloud-based file sharing and storage service. After starting Dropbox in early 2007 they decided to move the company to San Francisco later that year and in 2018 launched an initial public offering which valued the company at over $9 billion. Dropbox now has over 500 million registered users and generates over $1 billion in annual revenue. Quotes from Drew Houston for entrepreneurs just starting out: "No one is born a CEO. This is an acquired skill set, and, furthermore, it's one that you learn on the job. So everyone is a first-time CEO by definition at some point." 05 of 06 Kylie Jenner (born 1997) - Kylie Cosmetics Kylie Jenner - Kylie Cosmetics. Jeff Kravitz/Contributor/Getty Images Industry: Cosmetics Founded: 2015 Full-time employees: > 300 Estimated annual revenue: ~ $330 million While primarily known as a television personality, model and socialite, Kylie Jenner has become a very successful business person as the owner and founder of Kylie Cosmetics. With funding from her modeling activities, Jenner launched a line of cosmetics in 2015 which became an instant success. The company quickly boosted production and in its first 18 months in business generated over $420 million in revenue. Kylie Cosmetic products are sold exclusively through the Kylie Cosmetics website and mobile application. As of 2018, Kylie Jenner's net worth was estimated to be approximately $900 million, which with continued success may make her the youngest self-made billionaire ever. 06 of 06 Vivek Ramaswamy (born 1985) - Roivant Sciences/Axovant Sciences Vivek Ramaswamy at the Under 30 Summit. Lisa Lake/Stringer/Getty Images Industry: Biotechnology Founded: 2014 Ramaswamy is the founder and CEO of Roivant Sciences, a private equity-funded biopharmaceutical company focused on facilitating the rapid development of promising late-stage drug candidates. In 2014 Ramaswamy also created Axovant Sciences as a subsidiary of Roivant Sciences. Axovant develops treatments for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The Axovant Initial Public Offering (IPO) of shares in 2015 raised $360 million. After graduating summa cum laude from Harvard, Ramaswamy went on to obtain a Doctor of Law from Yale Law School. His net worth is estimated to be approximately $600 million. Views on entrepreneurship in America: "Entrepreneurship is the fabric of what America is all about. It has been responsible for driving this country in years past and will drive it forward in the future as well. The shift of the entrepreneurial age towards a younger age bracket indicates a potential uptick going forward as these younger, aspiring entrepreneurs gain more experience."