When you’re young, you want to have some change in your pocket for a number of things. Despite that, we’re still too lazy to actually get out there and earn a decent living.
While a lot of us are able to earn money from the internet, there are people making waves and creating useful stuff – and raking in the dough. If you think all of the people on this list are nerdy looking, then you are absolutely right. They are also stinking rich, so after you read this list, be nice to a nerd today. They could be signing your paychecks tomorrow.
The invention of the internet and the dot-com bubble paved the way for these guys to invent, create and make all of our futures easier and awesome. Now, as billionaires, their wealth is going strong and sees no signs of slowing down.
10. Jack Dorsey
Net worth: $2.3 billion
Jack Dorsey helped co-found a little site called Twitter and then later, Square. Every time you use Twitter, his net worth grows and grows. Are you jealous yet? Try sharing how you feel in 140 characters or less. #Envy
9. Robert Pera
Net worth: $2.8 billion
Robert Pera used to work as a wireless engineer at Apple, but quit his job and started his own technology company Ubiquiti Networks. Now, he co-owns the NBA team Memphis Grizzlies with none other than Justin Timberlake. That’s quite an accomplishment for someone of any age, let alone someone under the age of 40.
8. Travis Kalanick
Net worth: $3 billion
Travis Kalanick got his start in business by co-founding P2P file sharing network Red Swoosh, but went on to be the founder of Uber. His billions basically stems from a user-sourced taxi cab system – how cool is that? Get a ride from someone you don’t know and they get paid. Seems easy enough, no?
7. Sean Parker
Net worth: $3 billion
Sean Parker famously founded Napster back in the day and went head to head with Metallica. He was also the founding President of Facebook and was played by Justin Timberlake in the movie “The Social Network.” Not bad for a guy that looks like he’s got ramen noodles on his head…
6. Nick Woodman
Net worth: $3.9 billion
Nick Woodman is filthy rich because of his invention of the GoPro camera. With it, he enables people to record video using the first person point of view. You won’t need a GoPro to see how happy that makes the guy, that’s for sure. He’s probably cheezin’ all the way to the bank!
5. Elizabeth Holmes
Net worth: $4.5 billion
Elizabeth Holmes founded the company Theranos after discovering that she hated getting pricked by needles. She invented the Edison which draws blood samples from a prick of your finger and not through your veins. Pretty nifty, huh?
She is the only woman on this list and is one of the youngest and richest women in the world.
4. Scott Duncan
Net worth: $7 billion
Scott Duncan is the only heir on this list who didn’t actually work for his money. He inherited his wealth from the Duncan family fortune and Enterprise Products, which is a part of the energy market. He is so privileged that when he inherited his fortune, he didn’t have to pay an estate tax. Must be nice!
3. Jan Koum
Net worth: $7.6 billion
Jan Koum co-founded WhatsApp which was sold to Facebook for a whopping $19 billion in February 2014. Facebook apparently wants to hold the monopoly on all things social media, so Jan had his part to play in that.
2. Dustin Moskovitz
Net worth: $8.1 billion
Dustin Moskovitz helped co-found Facebook along with Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of their pals. Since the social network’s IPO in May 2014, he has profited quite nicely, despite parting ways with the company in 2008.
1. Mark Zuckerberg
Net worth: $34 billion
Mark Zuckerberg is the king of social media networks thanks to his invention of Facebook back in 2004. It may not have been all his original idea, but Zuckerberg capitalized on it and made it the huge conglomerate it is today. For many of us, hours and hours are spent wasting time on Facebook and it’s just the way Zuckerberg likes it.
Jesse Eisenberg portrayed Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” and it was a role that he performed quite well. Still, when you’re scrolling through list articles like these, thank Mark for his contribution to the world of social media. Now you can keep up with your friends on the internet without having to actually see them in person. Sounds like an anti-social network to me!