There are 1,640 billionaire's in the world according to Forbes. Between them they have an aggregate wealth of $7.5 trillion. Impressive numbers!
But what's even more amazing is that 29 of these 1,640 super-wealthy men and women have managed to join the billionaire's club before their 40th birthday. The table below explains who they are in order from youngest to oldest.
|Perenna Kei & Family||Real Estate||Hong Kong||$1.3||24|
|Anton Kathrein Jr.||Antennas||Germany||$1.4||29|
|Albert von Thurn und Taxis||Diversified||Germany||$1.6||30|
|Yang Huiyan||Real Estate||China||$4.9||32|
|Marie Besnier Beauvalot||Cheese||France||$2.8||33|
|Julia Oetker||Consumer Goods||Germany||$1.65||35|
|Naruatsu Baba||Smartphone Games||Japan||$1.6||36|
|Yoshikazu Tanaka||Social Networking||Japan||$1.5||37|
|Lawrence Ho||Casinos||Hong Kong||$2.5||37|
|Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila & Family||Beer||Colombia||$12.9||37|
|Yvonne Bauer & Family||Media||Germany||$3.5||37|
|Chase Coleman III||Hedge Fund||USA||$1.6||38|
|Nicholas Woodman||Video Cameras||USA||$1.3||38|
|Yusaku Maezawa||Online Retail||Japan||$1.3||38|
Where Does The Money Come From?
The list is a who’s who of modern technology entrepreneurs. 13 of the 29 people on the list made their money in the technology sector, the most famous being Mark Zuckerburg (the creator of Facebook) who incidentally is the 22nd richest person in the world.
In fact Facebook is responsible for 4 of the billionaires on the list.
It’s not all social media and smartphones though. There are some more traditional industry’s on the list including, construction, real estate and chemicals. There’s even a cheese billionaire on the list, the 33 year old Marie Besnier Beauvalot from France.
The United States is extremely well represented on the list. 11 of the 29 billionaire’s under 40 are US citizens. Germany takes second place with four entries on the list, and Japan is responsible for three.
So if your dream is to be a billionaire by the age of 40 the statistics show your best chance is to start a technology business in the United States. Alternatively you could open a brewery in Colombia or a cheese factory in France, but you might find some extremely established competitors in the area.
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