- Many of the world’s youngest billionaires hail from the tech industry.
- Snap’s Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy are 29 and 31, respectively, as are Stripe’s John and Patrick Collison.
- Not every tech billionaire is young — the world’s two richest people, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, are in their 50s or 60s. And Oracle’s Larry Ellison was 49 when he reached billionaire status.
- Still, companies like Airbnb, TikTok-parent ByteDance, and social networking behemoth Facebook are run by millennials.
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It pays to be young in tech.
While there are currently plenty of over-50 and over-60 billionaires who hail from the tech world — Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates chief among them — there are also dozens of newly minted millennial billionaires. Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy (29 and 31, respectively) became billionaires in their mid-20s, and Spiegel is one of only a few self-made billionaires under the age of 30.
And Mark Zuckerberg became the world’s youngest billionaire at age 23 (though he’s since been unseated by Kylie Jenner). He’s still among one of the youngest, richest people in the world.
That’s not to say youth is a requirement in the tech world. Oracle founder Larry Ellison, who’s currently worth over $58 billion, was 49 when he reached billionaire status. Elon Musk and Meg Whitman were in their 40s as well.
But these days, some of tech’s biggest or most exciting companies are run by billionaires in their 20s and 30s. Thanks to Forbes’ annual billionaires list, we’ve identified the 28 youngest billionaires in tech.