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Youngest billionaires in America

  • Youngest billionaires in America

    While many people dream of wealth, the 50 people on this list have it in spades. What makes this even more amazing is that they’ve achieved such spectacular and incomprehensible wealth at such a young age. The oldest billionaire comes in at 47, while the youngest, who was born in 1990, is only 30.

    To learn more about the youngest billionaires in America, Stacker compiled net worth data from Forbes' Real-Time Billionaires List as of Aug. 28, 2020. The list is in real-time, and any ties in age were broken by net worth.

    Included are those who made their billions as heirs to family fortunes as well as those who are self-made. Fortunes come from tech companies including Google, Snapchat, and Facebook, though technology isn’t the only way to strike it rich. Others have made their money through hedge funds, retail, and even by creating a burger that relies upon the simplest recipe and ingredients.

    While many came from backgrounds that allowed opportunities only afforded to those with money, others came from more humble beginnings. Some immigrated from other countries seeking opportunity, while others were born to single parents who struggled to provide for them. While several billionaires on the list attended and graduated from top-notch colleges, including the Ivies, others never went to college or dropped out, sometimes to pursue the ideas that made them rich. One billionaire on the list never finished high school, proving that with ingenuity and grit, it really is possible to obtain unimaginable wealth.

    Many of the billionaires on the list are well known, others are less obvious. Curious to see if you can guess who the youngest billionaire is? It may be a snap to figure it out, or you may really have to think about it. Click through and find out who made the exclusive and enviable list.

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  • #50. Jose Feliciano

    - Age: 47
    - Net worth: $2.1 billion (#1,301 Forbes rank)
    - Source of wealth: private equity

    Born to a middle-class family, self-made billionaire Jose Feliciano earned degrees from Princeton and Stanford before landing in the world of finance. He held jobs at both Goldman Sachs and Tennenbaum Capital before cofounding Santa Monica based, private equity firm Clearlake Capital in 2006. Feliciano’s company invests in consumer and industrial companies and technology and recently acquired a Dallas-based $6 billion asset manager.

  • #49. Sergey Brin

    - Age: 47
    - Net worth: $70.6 billion (#11 Forbes rank)
    - Source of wealth: Google

    Sergey Brin met Google cofounder Larry Page when the two studied computer science at Stanford in the late ‘90s. Born in Moscow, Russia in 1973, Brin emigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1979 to escape Jewish persecution. By 2016, Google, a company started as a college research project, racked up over a trillion searches per day.

  • #48. Larry Page

    - Age: 47
    - Net worth: $72.6 billion (#10 Forbes rank)
    - Source of wealth: Google

    Google started in a garage in California’s technology haven, Silicon Valley in 1998. In December 2019, Larry Page stepped down as the CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, though he still remains on as a controlling shareholder and board member. He invests his time fostering his interest in flying cars with company Kitty Hawk Corp.

  • #47. Greg Mondre

    - Age: 46
    - Net worth: $1.2 billion (#2,029 Forbes rank)
    - Source of wealth: private equity

    Co-CEO of Silver Lake, a Silicon Valley-based private equity firm, specializing in technology investments, Greg Mondre is a graduate of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After working at Goldman Sachs and Texas Pacific Group, Mondre joined Silver Lake in 1999.

  • #46. Jared Smith

    - Age: 46
    - Net worth: $1.2 billion (#2,024 Forbes rank)
    - Source of wealth: cloud computing

    Cloud-computing company Qualtrics was acquired by a German software firm SAP in January 2019, but not before making its cofounders, Jared Smith, his brother, Ryan, and father, Scott, billionaires. The brothers started their business in their parents’ basement in Utah and continue to run it even after its acquisition.

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  • #45. David Zalik

    - Age: 46
    - Net worth: $1.4 billion (#1,829 Forbes rank)
    - Source of wealth: financial technology

    When he was four, David Zalik’s father, a mathematics professor, was hired by the University of Rhode Island, and he and his family immigrated from Israel to the United States. Zalik is the co-founder and CEO of the Atlanta-based financial technology company GreenSky and amassed his fortune providing instant lending to consumers. Excelling in math, Zalik started college and his first business at the age of 14.

  • #44. Alexis Lê-Quôc

    - Age: 46
    - Net worth: $2.0 billion (#1,387 Forbes rank)
    - Source of wealth: cloud computing

    Alexis Lê-Quôc is the co-founder and CTO of cloud-monitoring company, Datadog. He and Olivier Pomel, his Datadog partner and the company’s CEO, met while both were studying computer science at Ecole Centrale Paris. He achieved billionaire status in May 2020 when an impressive earnings release saw shares soar.

  • #43. Ben Chestnut

    - Age: 46
    - Net worth: $2.0 billion (#1,365 Forbes rank)
    - Source of wealth: email marketing

    Georgia born and bred CEO and co-founder of email marketing giant, Mailchimp, Ben Chestnut learned about business from his mom. The company that started off as a side gig has grown into a multi-billion dollar business without the help of outside investors and both Chestnut, and his partner, Dan Kurzius hold 50% ownership.

  • #42. John Arnold

    - Age: 46
    - Net worth: $3.3 billion (#799 Forbes rank)
    - Source of wealth: hedge funds

    Once a successful energy trader, John Arnold reportedly earned Enron $750 million in the year the company went bankrupt. Arnold went on to build hedge fund company Centaurus Advisors and shocked the industry when he retired from hedge fund management at 38. He currently runs Arnold Ventures LLC with his wife, Laura.

  • #41. Niraj Shah

    - Age: 46
    - Net worth: $4.0 billion (#647 Forbes rank)
    - Source of wealth: online retail

    CEO and co-founder of Wayfair, Niraj Shah is the son of Indian immigrants and was born in Massachusetts. He met his business partner Steve Conine when the two studied together at Cornell University. Shah currently sits on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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