15 Young Tech Billionaires Under 40

Evan Spiegel

Technology has undeniably made a huge impact in the development of today’s global economy, a look at the world’s richest people clearly reveals that the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, together with six others who make the list of top twenty richest people in the world have technology to thank for their wealth. Attaining the billionaire status is something that is “normally” achieved over-time but it is absolutely awe-inspiring that most of the guys on this list already had a ten zero net worth while in their 20’s. At that age most of us were probably still busy acquiring knowledge in the four walls of a classroom or practicing commonly asked entry-level job interview questions, it could be provocative to learn that some of these billionaires were yet to complete college education when they made their first billion, as a matter of fact 6 of them are drop-outs while one (Sean Parker) didn’t even attend college, makes you want to question the role a college certificate actually plays in making you the kind of wealth you desire. The list of the 15 young billionaire tech guys under the age of 40 beginning with the least richest goes thus…

15. Robert Pera (37)

Net worth: $2 billion

Source of wealth: Wireless networking gear

Robert Pera

Robert Pera had the dream of making money fast and early in life, he left his job at mega-tech company, Apple, to establish Ubiquiti network a communication technology company involved in making wireless products capable of providing internet access to people via a Wi-Fi amplification system. In 2011, six years after he founded his company, Robert became a billionaire after the launch of Ubiquiti’s IPO. In 2012 he also became the owner of NBA side Memphis Grizzlies when he purchased 25% of its stakes.

14. Evan Spiegel (25)

Net worth:  $2.1 billion

Source of wealth: Snapchat

Evan Spiegel

Evan Spiegel isn’t just the youngest billionaire on this list but also the youngest billionaire in the world. During his college years at Stanford University, Evan, together with two others in 2011 co-founded the mobile SnapChat app, an application that enables its users to record videos, take photos, add text and drawings and also share with contacts. The application with over 100 million clientele consist majorly of the youths.


See also: 15 College Dropouts that became billionaires

13. Jack Dorsey (38)

Net worth: $2.3 billion

Source of wealth: Twitter


Jack has got two giant-tech companies to his name. He is the co-founder of popular social media app “Twitter” where he controls 3.5% of its stakes and also the founder of $6 billion company “Square”. Square makes hardware and software products that enable debit and credit payments to be carried out via smartphones. Before completely drifting into the tech world, the 1999 college drop out had a stint as a fashion designer and also worked as a licensed masseur.

12. Zhou Yahui & family (38)

Net worth: $2.6 billion

Source of wealth: Online games


In 2008 Zhou Yahui founded Kunlun Tech, an online game distributor and developer in China. The company realised $229 million when it went public in early 2015 making Zhou Yahui a billionaire. Mr. Zhou Yahui who is also the chairman and president of the company holds a master’s degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing.

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