Wealthiest Professionals in the World Under 35

Wealthiest professionals in the world under 35

Quick question: Did you know that the three co-founders of Airbnb are worth a total of $3.3 billion? Or that they’re all in their early thirties?!

Airbnb founders wealthiest professionals under 35

Learning about the new up-and-comers in the professional sphere is fascinating, and it gets even more interesting when you get down to the dollars of it all. To help us get a better idea of what’s happening at the top of the business world, we’re looking at the Wealthiest Professionals in the World Under 35, as put together by Richard Madison, the marketing executive for the Brighton School of Business and Management.

Mark Zuckerberg with wife Priscilla

When you take a look at the list, it’s no surprise to see Mark Zuckerberg right at the top (I think we’ve all seen The Social Network, right?). Well, just in case you haven’t, Zuckerberg, 31, is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook, the world’s largest social network. Oh, and he’s a Harvard dropout. He and his wife Priscilla are the 9th wealthiest couple in the world with he’s worth $45.3 billion.

The next person doesn’t come as a surprise either. Dustin Moskovitz was key in helping build Facebook in its early days, and he was the company’s first CTO. He left Facebook in 2008 to launch his own software firm, Asana, and this 31-year-old has a worth of $9.3 billion.

Eduardo Saverin comes in at no. three and was, you guessed it, also involved with Facebook in it’s early days. He currently retains a five percent stake in the company, though he has renounced his U.S. citizenship and currently lives in Singapore. Saverin is also the co-founder and chairman of Velos Partners, a private equity firm, and he’s also an Angel Investor for international technology start-ups. He’s only 33 and is currently work $6.3 billion.

Yang Huiyan, Country Garden Holdings

The first woman on the list (there are only two!) is Yang Huiyan, the 34-year-old vice chairwoman and board members for Country Garden Holdings, a Chinese real estate development company. In 2013, Huiyan was the richest woman in China, but she and her family are extremely charitable, donating more than $107 million to various causes. And that’s not the only thing that runs in the family; her father is actually the founder of Country Garden Holdings, and he transferred his shares to her before the company’s Hong Kong IPO in 2007. This young titan is currently worth $5.2 billion.

The other men on the list include Scott Duncan, a shareholder of Enterprise Product Partners, one of the largest pipeline operators in the USA; Nathan Blecharczyk, the co-founder and CTO of Airbnb, the home and apartment rental company; Brian Chesky, the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb; Joe Gebbia, the co-founder and CPO of Airbnb; and Thomas Persson, the CEO and co-owner of Aspen Rights and Aspen Film in Sweden, as well as a shareholder of H&M.

Elizabeth Holmes worth

But we have to give a shout out to Elizabeth Holmes, the other woman on the list, who at 31 is worth $4.5 billion. Holmes is the founder and CEO of Theranos, a biotech company that boasts an innovate approach to blood-testing. She was only a sophomore at Stanford when she founded the company, and her company is valued at $9 billion. Holmes also raised $400 million from venture capitalists in 2014, so we’re definitely going to ask her the best way to ask for a raise.

If there’s one thing to learn from all these successful men and women, it’s this: Success is not dependent on age. And if you follow your passions, indulge in new ideas, expand your creativity and take risks, you never know what could happen.

Madison Feller

Madison is a student at the University of Missouri, where she studies magazine journalism, business and computer science. She is a freelance journalist and has previously written for the Columbia Missourian, Levo League, and her work has appeared in Business Insider. Follow her at @_madisonline where she regularly tweets about teen magazines and her love of red velvet cupcakes.