It’s the stuff of entrepreneurial legend: In 2007, at just 23 years old, Mark Zuckerberg became one of the youngest billionaires in the world on the back of Facebook, a product he built in a dorm room.
And when he rang in his 31st birthday this past May, Zuckerberg’s shares of Facebook were worth over $US9 billion.
Zuckerberg is definitely an outlier here, but there are plenty of young entrepreneurs around the world building successful tech companies and finding their own success.
Here are other young tech prodigies around the world everyone should know.
Pavel Durov, aged 30, has been called the 'Mark Zuckerberg of Russia,' since his social network VK overtook Facebook in his home country. Unfortunately, he was forced to flee Russia late last year, claiming the government was trying to take control of his company. Now, he has a new messaging app called Telegram.
28-year-old Quek Siu Rui dropped out of grad school to co-found Carousell, a person-to-person sales app that's gaining mega traction in Singapore.
Michael Litt co-founded video marketing startup Vidyard in 2010 as part of a final-year project at the University of Waterloo.
Today, Vidyard has graduated from the prestigious Y Combinator accelerator program and is ranked as one of Canada's top startups. It has raisd nearly $US26 million.
Spotify CEO and founder Daniel Ek is worth $US400 million at age 32 -- and it's not even his first company.
Ek has sold his previous startups to companies like TradeDoubler and eBay.
20-year old Mubarak Muyika is the CEO of Zagace, a Kenyan startup that makes business software. And when he was 16, he founded Hypecentury Technologies, a web hosting company that he sold in a six-figure deal.
In fact, he turned down a generous scholarship to Harvard to pursue entrepreneurship.
India: Deepak Ravindran, 27, dropped out of Kannur University to found a mobile search company Innoz.
In 2008, Deepak Ravindran and three of his fellow students dropped out of Kannur University to found Innoz, a company that lets users do Google and Wikipedia searches via text message -- crucial in India, since mobile Internet is way less common.
Last year, Ravindran left Innoz to found Lookup, a service for mobile users to chat with local businesses.
Mark Zuckerberg is currently worth about $US38 billion thanks to Facebook, which he co-founded in his early 20's.
Facebook's rapid international growth, plus projects like the Internet.org initiative, mean that Facebook is making it difficult for entrepreneurs to replicate Facebook's success.
Recently, Zuckerberg has spent a lot of time trying to get the Chinese government to allow its citizens access to Facebook.
Feeling inspired to follow in Zuck's footsteps? Read how to turn a good idea into a great iPhone app.
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