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Top Young Entrepreneurs

Hello Everyone

As some of you who have been following me for a while know, I have done several “Top Young Entrepreneur Lists” including the highly successful Young Entrepreneurs Rich List over at RetireAt21.com

Today I have compiled a list of the Top Young Entrepreneurs Making Money Online – aged under 25 – these are really impressive individuals, both as business people and as human beings. Of course you will already know some of these names (Matt Mullenweg and Mark Zuckerberg for example) but there should be some that are NEW to you as well.

All of these young entrepreneurs are having a tremendous impact on the world – and we all have so much to learn from them.

Talking of impact, I am very pleased to announce that Yanik Silver is adding a “Young Mogul Day” to his now famous annual “Underground Online Seminar”. What is more I will be working closely with Yanik to make this one of the best young entrepreneur events ever – with some of the world’s most incredible top young entrepreneurs already booked to speak. (Any of you young entrepreneurs who got attended Yaniks last UNDERGROUND back in February already know what a Top Notch event this is) Expect to hear more news about this soon.

Finally — watch out for a BIG UPDATE at RetireAt21.com in the near future – we are currently doing a huge redesign with some amazing new content, including profiles of some of the world’s best up and coming young entrepreneurs.

Enjoy the list – let me know what you think — and is there a Young Entrepreneur that you know / admire who I have missed of this list?

To Our Success

Michael

#1. Mark Zuckerberg (25 Years Old)

mark_zuckerbergWebsite: http://www.facebook.comWhy They Matter: Mark is at the top of our list for two HUGE reasons, he is the world’s youngest billionaire and he runs the world’s largest social networking website which is actually the second most visited site in the whole world, not bad for 25 years, is it?
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#2. Matt Mullenweg (25 Years Old)

matt_mullenwegWebsite: http://wordpress.comWhy They Matter: Matthew Mullenweg is the founder of WordPress, the software that runs this blog and millions of others out there. Without Matthew, you probably wouldn’t be at this website right now because I wouldn’t as fond with blogging without his genius, easy to use blogging software. He has been offered over $250,000,000 for his company which he turned down.
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#3. Pete Cashmore (24 Years Old)

pete_cashmoreWebsite: http://mashable.comWhy They Matter: Pete Cashmore makes our list because he runs on of the world’s top blogs which is about all that is new on the web. With over 1,600,000 Twitter followers and 300,000 RSS readers, you know this guy is running something big!
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#4 & 5. Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith (23 & 22 Years Old)

aaron_levie_dylan_smithWebsite: http://box.netWhy They Matter: Box.net founded in 2005 was originally launched as a college project to share and store any type of file, and make it accessible from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. The company nearly has 2 million users on the service, and netted a $6 million in venture capital.
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#6. David Karp (22 Years Old)

david_karpWebsite: http://www.tumblr.comWhy They Matter: Tumblr is a blogging platform that anyone can use. The service was built with customization and ease of use in mind. Karp invested money into the company from his previous job as a software consultant at a parenting website. Tumblr raised $5.25 million in funding from various investors, including 2 lead investors with the popular social network Twitter.
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#7 & 8. Catherine & David Cook (19 & 21 Years Old)

catherine_dave_cookWebsite: http://myyearbook.comWhy They Matter: Catherine and her brother, David started MyYearBook back in 2005 and have grown it to become America’s third largest social network and since raising $17.1 million in two rounds of investment has become profitable!
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#9. Sean Belnick (23 Years Old)

sean_belnickWebsite: http://www.bizchair.comWhy They Matter: Sean is a real entrepreneur, at 14 years old, he locked himself in his bedroom and 3 days later, his business was born! Now he is earning over $50,000,000 a year selling business chairs online. Sean has been an inspiration to young people around the world trying to sell online!
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#10. Matt Mickiewicz (25 Years Old)

matt_mickiewiczWebsite: http://www.sitepoint.com http://www.99designs.com and http://www.flippa.comWhy They Matter: Matt is an inspiration to thousands of webmasters around the world, whether it’s their first website or their 20th most people would have visited Sitepoint to learn how to improve their website. Sitepoint has evolved from the website to learn about web design to anything from selling your website for a million dollars, buying books on coding the perfect contact page, to hiring someone to create your twitter background.
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#11. Noah Everett (24 Years Old)

noah_everettWebsite: http://twitpic.comWhy They Matter: Noah is the founder of the popular image upload website, TwitPic. His website has grown with the growth of the social media website Twitter and is now one of the top 200 websites in the world according to Alexa. Surprisingly Noah works from home, which is also where he powers his servers that have to deal with millions of pages a day!
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#12. Ryan Allis (25 Years Old)

ryan_allis Website: http://www.icontact.comWhy They Matter: Ryan who is just 25 years old runs iContact.com and email marketing service that expects to turn over $25,000,000 this year. With over 55,000 customers paying a monthly FREE, Ryan has build a membership program where he has been able to offer an unbelievable service and at the same time build a continuity program that should never end.
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#13. Jon Wheatley (22 Years Old)

jon_wheatleyWebsite: Why They Matter: Jon runs a great social networking website called DailyBooth which basically lets you snap a picture every day and it puts it all together in a little video. The site has really evolved since launching earlier in the year has got over $1million in funding from big names such as Digg co-founder Kevin Rose and Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake.
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#14. Neil Patel (24 Years Old)

neil_patelWebsite: http://www.quicksprout.com & http://www.crazyegg.comWhy They Matter: Neil Patel is the co-founder of 2 Internet companies: Crazy Egg, and KISSmetrics. Through these 2 companies he has helped large corporations such as AOL, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard and Viacom make more money from the web. By the age of 21 not only was Neil named a top 100 blogger by Technorati, but he was also one of the top influencers on the web according to the Wall Street Journal. The thing that really makes Neil stand out as a top young entrepreneur is how he got a lot of the top blogs in the world to permanently link to his site.
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#15. Kieran O’Neill (22 Years Old)

kieran_oneillWebsite: http://www.psu.com and http://www.playfire.comWhy They Matter: Kieran is 22 years old and is a serial internet entrepreneur with three huge successes online so far! Kieran sold his first website online for $1.25 Million at the age of 19 and now has launched a new gaming social network which he raised over $1 Million in venture capital investment for as well as still running one of the world’s largest PlayStation fan sites.
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#16. Blake Ross (24 Years Old)

blake_ross Website: http://www.mozilla.comWhy They Matter: Blake is an American software developer, who is probably best known for starting the Mozilla Firefox project. Firefox was released in 2004, when Ross was 19 years old. Firefox got over 100 Million downloads within its first year of being on the market!
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#17 & 18. Eric & Susan Gregg Koger (24 & 25 Years Old)

kogerWebsite: http://www.modcloth.comWhy They Matter: ModCloth started as a small clothing business that Eric and Susan started when they left high school. They continued the business at university, shipping clothing items from their dorm room. When they graduated from uni in 2006, they decided to pursue the business, and since then it has grown into a huge success.
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#19. Anthony Volodkin (23 Years Old)

anthony_volodkinWebsite: http://hypem.comWhy They Matter: The Hype Machine keeps track of music discussion on blogs around the world. It lets people discover, listen and buy music that bloggers are writing about.
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#20. Ashley Qualls (20 Years Old)

ashley_quallsWebsite:http://www.whateverlife.comWhy They Matter: Ashley Qualls who is already a multi-millionaire, and has taken the young entrepreneurs world by storm. Aged just 14, Ashley created WhatEverLife.com, a Myspace layouts site aimed at the female demographic, the site at its peak received over 250,000 visitors every single day, which is more than teen magazines such as Teen Vogue, Seventeen & Cosmogirl… combined. Ashley doesn’t charge users to use the site, instead, she strategically places ads on the site, and around 60% of her monthly income comes from Google Adsense.
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#21. Juliette Brindak (20 Years Old)

juliette_brindakWebsite: http://www.missoandfriends.comWhy They Matter: Juliette first came up with the idea of Miss O and Friends ten years ago when she was 10 years old. Her business is now worth over $19 Million, and is visited by millions of girls every month. In 2006, Juliette released a book, and since then has sold over 120,000 copies of it!
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#22 & 23. Sam Tarantino & Josh Greenberg (Both 23 Years Old)

groovesharkWebsite: http://listen.grooveshark.comWhy They Matter: GrooveShark was launched in private beta in early 2007, and is now a huge online music search engine and streaming service. GrooveShark employs 40 people (as of december 2007) and is part of the Escape Media Group which was formed in march 2006.
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#24, 25 & 26. Elliott Breece, Joshua Boltuch & Elias Roman (All 25 Years Old)

amiestreetWebsite: http://amiestreet.comWhy They Matter: Amie Street is a music website, where the community decided the price of the music. Every song on the website starts at a very low price, sometimes free, and then increases up to prices of 98 cents depending on how many people purchase it.
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#27. Richard Ludlow (22 Years Old)

academic_earthWebsite: http://academicearth.orgWhy They Matter: Richard is the founder and CEO of Academic Earth, a website that provides full video courses from leading universities. Academic Earth was included in Time Magazines top 50 websites of 2009 list, along with companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook.
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#28. Kristopher Tate (21 Years Old)

kristopher_tateWebsite: http://www.zooomr.comWhy They Matter: Kristopher is the co-founder of photo sharing website, Zooomr. The popular website service was created in 2005, and since then has grown and had many new features implemented into it.
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#29. Edmund Loh (23 Years Old)

edmund_lohWebsite: http://edmundloh.comWhy They Matter: Edmund started his internet business back in March 2005. He achieved success after selling other peoples ebooks online (with resale rights), and then went on to write his very own ebook, titled Edmund Loh’s Guide To Private Resale Rights. Since then, Edmund has written over 212 PLR titles.
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#30. Shama Kabani (24 Years Old)

shama_kabaniWebsite: http://clicktoclient.comWhy They Matter: Shama is an online marketing master. She is the president of Click To Client, a full service web marketing firm. Shama travels the world speaking at many conferences about internet marketing.

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Comments

  1. Marshall Haas says:

    Ahhh I love lists like this. My new favorite person to study is Matt Mullenweg. It’s pretty interesting how he makes money with WordPress.

    Excellent list Michael!

  2. Wow! This is QUITE list. And i want to thank you for making me feel old at 28. LOL

  3. srivathsan.GK says:

    Woww .. Amazing .. many are my role models 🙂

  4. Tom - StandOutBlogger.com says:

    I had been reading about WhatEverLife.com a while ago, but there website just throws up an error.

  5. Hi Michael,
    Pretty impressive list. Glad you could sneak your picture into it. So where would you stand in thsi line up?

    • Ha.. you know I wouldn’t include myself in a list Jeff although I could possibly see myself at the lower end.

      Glad you liked the list,

      Michael

  6. Too late i’m 26 years old…

  7. Name (required) says:

    Again awesome list Michael.

    Just by reading the headline motivates me 🙂

  8. What an achievements! Very very inspirational.

  9. Love the list! so much to get inspiration from. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Another Great List! Glad to see a few newbies I have never heard of before! Keep em coming-your list are so inspiring!

  11. Tom Howat says:

    Hi Michael,

    Pretty impressive list. Maybe I make next time on earth as kinda missed this first time around

    Tom 52 and 3 days old.

  12. Great list of highly successful young entrepreneurs. I too hope to some day make a list like this although I am getting older and older maybe I will be on the older guys who finally made it list. You always have the best list posts, thanks.

  13. Some real people making some real cash. This is a great list!

  14. Amazing list Michael, I hope that it will inspire me to learn and do more things everyday. Thanks.

  15. Good post Mike, you amaze me sometimes! discovered you few days ago! will hit up soon, i have so much in mind :)!

  16. Find A Hot Niche says:

    Thanks for this list, Michael! It’s very inspirational to see the diff. ways young people (or anyone) are making money online. I’ve got some new ideas of my own now and will do more research on some of these folks. It’s truly amazing how one little idea can turn into hundreds of millions of dollars!

  17. David Walker says:

    Hi Michael,

    This is a great list. I had no idea that some of the websites, services etc here were created by kids still in their teens – mind blowing!

    Perhaps I’ll make one of your “oldies” lists in a year or two 😉

    David

  18. Hi Michael – to an oldy like me still struggling with the basics (but started out by following your “How to make money blogging”) this list is truly amazing. I’m still plodding at my slow pace but there are some excellent role models in your list to keep me trying.
    Well done – fascinating stuff.

  19. Nick Tart | JuniorBIz says:

    Another great list, Michael! If you have it in you, I’d like to see another list like this: Top 30 Young Entrepreneurs Under 20… Might be more difficult to research.

  20. King Sidharth says:

    INSPIRING!!!!
    You forgot me! lol… King Sidharth (18 yo)
    http://thefriendz.biz
    Serial Entrepreneur… founded companies like: The Royal Raspberry, the FRiEnDz, Meditation Rocks and many coming up. LOL
    Just kidin. I am not making millions yet.

  21. This list surprised as it related to some of the companies that were created by these youngsters. This is great inspirational material.

  22. Nikunj Tamboli says:

    I only have one year left to get into these list after that i would get too old to be here

  23. Website protection says:

    Man am surprised to see who is running some of those websites.Non in bad sense but good i know many of those websites and use them but never thought that the owners are younger than me
    am to late to get in this list lol
    but maybe sometimes in the future i will get on some list like this for older people ehhe especially now i got motivated to work even more 😀

  24. AWESOME LIST MIKE. GOOD JOB
    CAN I STILL MAKE IT?

  25. Camilo Olea says:

    GREAT article. LOVE to see other fellow young human beings being smart & successful.

    Stay tuned for me… http://www.cancunissafe.com is coming, and it will be THE reference for real-time, social cancun information, community, reviews, etc… 🙂

    Hope to be listed in next year’s list! 😉

    Cheers from Cancun,
    Camilo

  26. Quite an eye-opener on what can be achieved if you put your mind to it. I never realized some of my favorite sites were created by folks half my age. All of you “kids” should be proud!

  27. Teen Blogger says:

    Great Post.

    This is a fantastic post and really inspires everyone. I only knew about ashley, but the most of the sites on the list are new to me.

  28. Incredible series of stories. Inspiring to see them all together in one post. Hope to follow suit!

  29. A very good compile..
    For me the most inspiring were Neil Patel, Mark Zuckerberg and Matt Mullenweg.

  30. Samuel Sim says:

    I would have recommended Gurbaksh Chahal in the list, if he was any younger than 27 years old this year…

    His story is just so inspiring… A no-miss for anyone who likes dreaming big..

  31. Sasha Gilberg says:

    awesome list Michael

    reading stuff like that is very inspiring to me and helps gets the creative juices flowing for my business

  32. ATCHUTARAO says:

    Cool Very good great encouragement need passion not age or experience

  33. Stephen Luc says:

    Very awesome.

    Congrats Edmund Loh!

  34. once again you put together an awesome list of young entrepreneurs. Very motivating. Keep it up your work is very much appreciated.

  35. The list is exhaustive. Nice to see three Indians on the list! 😛

  36. The list is exhaustive. Nice to see three Indians on the list! 😛
    BTW I love your blog!

  37. Jacques van Heerden says:

    Hey buddy, Really great list you going here, you have been doing a great job. I see myself somewhere on this list in the next year or two. Launching a few projects beginning of next year but, all of you will hear about it. We will see how things turn out 🙂

    Just a note, their are quite a few spelling and grammar mistakes. As well as age displacement. Just thought I’d let you know.

    Have a great day and week.

    Regards,
    Jacques van Heerden
    Creativeoverflow

  38. Thanks for the list. I started my site hoping to get to the same position but its not all happening at the moment.

    Got any ideas?

    http://www.youngbusinessnetwork.com.au

    Iv been telling people that im going to make millions be for im 23 years old. Iv been saying that since i was 17. I just turned 21. Im running out of time.

    I WONT GIVE UP!

    Thanks for the inspiration

  39. Andrew @ webuildyourblog.com says:

    Inspiring list. And they have one thing in common – be different to everybody else!

    Andrew

  40. great list, very inspiring and amazing too thatr how they got this much success in just twenties.
    Please publish a list of famous sites like orkut, twitter etcetra.

  41. Great to know this Young Entrepreneurs. What they have done fuels my passion to achieve the best I can be.

    Richard

  42. Azad Shaikh says:

    Your list is really very much motivating. The way you represent those people, i really like it. One day i will be one of them.

    To our success,
    Azad Shaikh

  43. Edward Palomo says:

    Gee! this folks are really cool! they’re real inspirations for everybody especially the youth! like me! LOL

  44. Really refreshing to have so many young entrepreneurs, normally the spotlights are around a bunch of old business suits behind a big desk, looking intimating. All of these business people are bringing a new perspective to the world of entrepreneurs – one that inspires young adults to be creative and not be held back because of their age. Thank you!

  45. saurabh shah says:

    wow ! this is an awesome post ! Man where the hell i am … i need to move up now …

  46. Mr Meaningful says:

    Something you notice about the majority of the websites/software that have made it big and we use daily were started by young entrepreneurs. It seems a young man’s game, however it definitely is not! I believe the older generations are just starting to understand the power of the internet, so maybe expect a lot of them soon shining through with their experience! Good post BTW.

  47. Amazing!!!, It sures gives me hope

  48. Wow. I knew there were a lot of young entrepreneurs around, but I’d forgotten just how successful some of them were~! A sign to get moving definitely.

  49. Ways for Kids to Get Money says:

    Wow. Multi millionaire by the age of 20. The internet is a really amazing and cool tool. I

  50. You have listed some nice people out there. The pic related to Edmund Loh was really funny watching.

  51. Impressive list!

    I have got 3 years left to try and become a multi-millionaire before I am 25!

    How hard can it be?

  52. Mário Andrade says:

    Can’t believe they are only 1 year younger than me…

  53. quite inspirational..guess @ 23 its not yet too late 4me.

  54. OMG, I am 24…. have got one year to pull off miracles lol well, I am an entrepreneur and this list motivates me more than anything….

  55. Yogi - CMSThemes.NET says:

    I’m 27 and going 28 right now but hope someday I can be like them, have a very popular site

  56. kudiarto21 says:

    awesome! ^_^

  57. ramiro marques says:

    One of the best posts I have ever read. Thank you.

  58. i’m 24 and i’ve seen lot’s of lists like this, it’s inspirational but at the same time it makes you feel like a loser..

  59. It is a amazing how intelligent and successful they are. They are a great inspiration to the kids today

  60. Steven van Vessum says:

    Very inspiring, 30 reasons to become an internet entrepreneur! 30 proves that it’s possible to become huge thorugh online!
    Good stuff!

  61. Very comprehensive and well researched list.

    Also quite inspirational since I’m also 23 like a lot of these cats.

    Ryan @ Plantingdollars

  62. Eron Napier says:

    Talk about inspirational! Hopefully we will see some more ladies on this list in the future!

  63. Incredible……

  64. Hi, great list… really inspirational..keep the good work Mic..

  65. Amazing…its really good to c you all people with their in creditable talents. seems its mirror of role models.

  66. These guys are really amazing. I like Mark Zuckerberg a lot and using facebook more than others. keep it up Mark. Stunning post i really appreciate. Thanks for sharing…

  67. Great list. 4 years I ago I started my first blog. I quit after about a week. I wish I stuck to it.

  68. Wow. That should be an inspiration to all of us, regardless of age. I could not even imagine being a multi-millionaire at such a young age. Kudos to them!

  69. Vickie Tisdale says:

    To read this article I understand one thing that is age is not a fact the main thing is self confidence with industry.

  70. Mohammed says:

    Today only i came accross this site…its reallu awesome…really a great inspiration to me and all others here.

  71. This list clearly shows that, if you want to make money with a limited amount of capital the internet is the way to go…look at facebook’s ceo Mark Zurkerberg he is a perfect example…big ups to all aspiring enterpreneurs…keep fighting.

  72. Lucy Robinson says:

    i am working hard to be a good Entrepreneur in online services. I also attend online seminars to sharpen may skills.`.,

  73. I just literally stumbled on this and thought it was awesome. I’ve never seen pictures of some of these guys but I have heard their names. Interesting to see how young they are! That is so awesome, and a personal goal I have myself. Wish me luck!

  74. abdul mues says:

    wow thats great me too will be in this list soooooooooooooooon….

  75. vonspurter says:

    Distinct lack of women in this list – well there’s one!

  76. Kennedy Sedem says:

    .wow it is an inspiration. these guys are too much. its time I double up my speed

  77. Peter Emu says:

    All under 30…. Great job Michael for compiling this list. Thanks. Buckle up Peter, the journey is about to get bumpy…

  78. very impressive list…it’s inspirational

  79. Panos Christo says:

    Wow what a great list!
    Thanks Michael for compiling this, excellent stuff

  80. Wow – it’s good to have a non-trivial list of young entrepreneurs in one spot. Too often they focus on just one or two of the “public-face” names such as Zuckerberg, while missing out details on the large number of other highly successful young entrepreneurs.

  81. The Millionaire Fastlane Blog says:

    Excellent article. Shows that when people create something that many other people want – they get rich. 🙂

  82. Born for money says:

    Can’t believe Gurbaksh Chahal was missed out…

    To everyone, Gurbaksh sold his first company for 200 million…and guess who bought it?…YAHOO!!!…It’s now yahoo advertising and it was mr.chahal’s idea!

  83. Travis Petelle says:

    Very nice list. I wish I would of started my business creation earlier in life…maybe I could of made it to their point sooner haha.

  84. Fazal Mayar says:

    Thanks for putting in the time to make these lists, they do nothing but motivate people to work hard!