- 27-year-old John Collison from Ireland is the world’s youngest self-made millionaire and worth an estimated $US1.1 billion (£830 million).
- He and his brother are the co-founders of Stripe, a multi-billion dollar company that they run out of San Francisco.
- Collison enjoys going running in his spare time, but also has some more extravagant hobbies.
When you’re 27-year-old John Collison, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, it’s the simple things in life that keep you grounded.
Collison is worth at least $US1.1 billion (£830 million), according to Forbes, which makes him the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, followed by 27-year-old Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel and his own 29-year-old brother, Patrick.
The Collison brothers are the co-founders of Stripe, a company that helps internet businesses manage online payments.
The brothers are originally from County Tipperary in Ireland. Collison was studying at Harvard when he and his brother launched the company, but quickly dropped out after Stripe gained momentum.
They now run their company out of San Francisco and employ 750 people worldwide.
In a BBC interview, the Irishman, who has just turned 27, said: “People ask ‘How has your life changed?’ and they want me to have taken up some elaborate new hobby, like Faberge egg collecting or yacht racing.”
However, going for a run is one of the things he most enjoys in his spare time. He called it a “very practical, low maintenance hobby.”
He likes to compete, too.
He shared a tweet in May 2016 when he set a personal best, running a 6:10 mile.
His Facebook photos suggest he has participated in a number of races.
While running is a modest hobby for a billionaire, he does have a few more extravagant interests.
Collison is also a licensed pilot, and can fly a number of different models of planes.
He is also apparently partial to driving motorcycles, bicycles, and early morning mountain hikes.
Completed a bucket list item this weekend: flying a small plane across the Atlantic! 27 hours of flying over 3 days. Didn’t even get wet. pic.twitter.com/Ph6Yl2rv9F
— John Collison (@collision) June 25, 2017
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