01 Sep

Written by Kathryn Vercillo on September 1, 2009

Can you imagine making over one million dollars while you were still in your teens? The following kids didn’t just imagine it; they did it. Through entrepreneurial skill, astounding levels of self-motivation and a whole lot of creativity, these twenty five teens managed to make a whole lot of money before most of them had even graduated from high school. Many of them started their businesses before the age 10! Although the majority of them became successful through working on the web, a few of them started more traditional businesses and one even made his money through his poker skills. All of them are an inspiration to those kids out there who want to start making money at a young age.

1. Adam Hildreth.  This young man was fourteen when he first launched a popular English social networking site called Dubit Limited. By the age of 19, the site had made him one of the richest teens in the UK with an estimated net worth of over $3.7 million. He continues in the business world today. His latest business, Crisp Thinking, is in the foreward-thinking area of Internet monitoring and online child protection.

2. Ashley Qualls. This well-known young woman took an $8 loan from her mother to purchase the domain name Whateverlife.com and by the time she was 17 she had turned it into a million-dollar business selling MySpace layouts to teenage girls.

3. Cameron Johnson. This young man is not only an entrepreneur but a skilled PR genius who has made numerous appearances on talk shows to promote his own work. He started his first business at the age of 9, made $50,000 selling Beanie Babies during the year when he turned 12 and had earned his first $1,000,000 before he had even graduated from high school. In his early twenties today, he authors books and gives lectures about how to become a teenage millionaire.

4. Catherine and David Cook. These siblings were still in high school when they created MyYearbook, a popular social networking website. The site got over $10 million in advertising sales in 2008. They were lucky to have the help of an older brother in getting started in this venture but it’s been their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit that really earned them this kind of cash.

5. Chris Phillips. Back in 2004 there was a web article about the UK’s richest teens. Most of those teens were celebrities or kids who had gotten money from their parents. However, there were also a few entrepreneurial teens on the list including Chris Philipps who had made nearly £2 million as a teenager operating his own web company.

6. Fraser Doherty. Not every kid starts their business on the web. Fraser Doherty is an example of a young man with a more old-fashioned approach to business. At age 14 he started making and selling homemade jam. Before he was out of his teens, he had managed to launch a business called SuperJam which has an estimated worth of over $2 million based on current sales of $1 million annually. With a good heart he reinvests some of that money into charity work.
7. James Murray Wells. This English entrepreneur was still in college when he saw a great business opportunity. He saw that there was no UK online retailer selling eyeglasses. He used his college loan money to start just such a business and it was successful enough to earn over $1 million during its first year in operation. By last year it was being called a “£4m-turnover recession proof” business.

8. John Magennis. This web designer began working when he was 14. He started out charging just $15 to create a website for a company. Soon he was charing $30,000 per website. Within two years of his work as a web designer he was earning half a million dollars annually.

9. Tyler Dikman. This kid was a computer genius before others took having a home computer for granted. He set up a business helping people buy and use computers. Eventually he founded a computer company called CoolTronics which earned him over $1 million before the age of 17.

10. Farrah Gray. Talk about starting young, this student was 10 when he managed to get together with a group of friends and generate over $12,000 for his young business club. By the age of 12, he had gotten his first $1 million in investment money. Between the ages of 12 and 16 he operated a number of different businesses at least one of which, Farr-Out Foods, generate over $1.5 million in income. He has continued on in business making money hand over fist and also does a variety of public speaking and authoring.

11. Juliette Brindak. By the age of 19 this young woman was worth over $15 million. Of course, it helps that she’d already been in business for nine years at this point! She founded a site called Miss O and Friends when she was 10 and has been doing well for herself ever since. At age 16, she authored a successful book and she continues to serve as an inspiration to female kids interested in business.

12. Michael Furdyk. This kid’s story is like that of many young dot.com success stories. He launched a web business, it did well and he sold it for over $1 million. That put him on the Oprah show. He was 17 at the time.

13. Matt Wegryzn. This young man made his fortune in the business of buying and selling domain names. Some of the individual domains that he’s sold have gone for over six figures each. He was 17 when he got started.

14. Paul Bourque. Have you ever wondered if the business of affiliate marketing is a lucrative one? Look no further than this 19-year-old who is earning over $300,000 per month from his work in this area of the web industry.

15. John and Patrick Collison. These brothers were 17 and 19 when they set up a software business that rapidly grew and sold for millions of dollars. They are among the richest young adults in Ireland.

16. Abbey Fleck. This girl became famous when she invented a product called Makin’Bacon at the tender age of 8. The product cooks bacon in such a way as to reduce the fat content of the food without taking away its flavor. The product was such a success that she now earns over $1 million annually in royalties from the Makin’Bacon business.

17. Richie Stachowski. At the age of 12 this boy invented something called Water Talkies which allows you to communicate under water. This is just a fun water toy but it’s done well among kids. In fact, it’s done so well that it rapidly started earning him over half a million dollars per year.

18. Mike McDonald. This enterprising young man went a different route than most teen millionaires with his talents. He got involved in the world of professional poker playing. Scoff if you want but he’s earned millions from his poker skills. He earned $1.4 million in just one large poker game last year. He was 18 years old.

19. Carl Churchill.  This UK web designer has been called the British Bill Gates. He started his business at the age of 12. By 19 he was making a turnover of over one million pounds. He is predicted to be worth over £100 million by 2020.

20. Brett Klasko. This young man was only 14 when he first became a business executive. At 17 he was running a multi-million dollar financial dot-com company. He serves as an inspiration to young business people today.

21. Anand Lal Shimpi. He was just 17 when he created www.anandtech.com and it was already earning over $1.5 million dollar in ad revenue that year. It continues to be a highly successful tech business today. He remains the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the organization.

22. Jayson Meyer. Building customized computers can be worth a lot of money as this young man knows since his company doing just that was earning over $1.5 million in revenue by the time that he was 17.

23. Ephren Taylor and Michael Stall. These two paired up to launch a business called GoFerretGo which helps teens find employment. The site was quickly valued at over $3 million. Taylor had started into business when he was only 12 making videogames.

24. William Felix. How successful can a lawnmower company be? It can be a million-dollar business if you’re good at which was proven by the success of this seventeen-year-old.

25. Sean Belnick. This kid was 14 when he spent just three days forming a business plan and creating a business called BizChair which sells office furniture and other supplies. In less than half a dozen years, he was earning $50,000,000 per year! The business consistently ranks among the top retail businesses in the world.

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  1. 24

    December 2nd, 2011

    I love this and I WANT TO BE LIKE MY AGE MATES

  2. 23

    June 20th, 2011

    I’m 13 and I’m earning over £500 a year but nothing like what these people earn!

    I make my money from Advertisements.

  3. 22

    February 3rd, 2011

    interesting article, love it but there are more plroblems in the world than filthy rich kids

  4. 21

    Katy Prise
    November 14th, 2010

    K Rajamanickam.. we don’t want to hear about any of that, stop trying to make us feel bad about your life…!

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    K Rajamanickam
    November 13th, 2010

    Retired man and at the age of 67 I was cheated by MLM companies due to my ignorance lost lacs of rupees and found no way except appealing for help from enthusiastic young philanthropists at the same time was very happy that young guys have broad mind to earn and give on charity. My earnest request is that while giving charity genuine individual cases also should be considered otherwise purpose of giving needy people is not successful. Sorry I could not understand katy Prise.

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    November 12th, 2010

    I am 13. I have a website. I guess you dont post websites,. It would really help me if you would. The more people that know about me the better.

    Thanks everybody..

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    Katy Prise
    November 12th, 2010

    Oh and also in replyingto ‘K Rajemanickan’ and her comments… I personally would of course give money to charities if i were to become a millionaie BUT the way you are begging and pittying yourself up there is putting me off you and your needs.. From your comments up there I seriously wouldn’t chose to give your charity money! Try coming across less pushy?

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    Katy Prise
    November 12th, 2010

    This is truly inspiring!
    I am very interested in business at the age of 15 and know i WILL be a millionaire one way or another.. i just HAVE to… so this was really great reading about how other teenagers ‘made it’!

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    K Rajamanickam
    November 9th, 2010

    Charity begins at home but should end there. Give to the poor , you shall have treasure in Heaven. A stone thrown at the right time is better than gold given at the wrong time.I earnestly appeal to the enthusiastic philanthropists to be generous and offer to needy individuals timely.

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    K Rajamanickam
    October 30th, 2010

    When I was young even one time food was a problem and therefore, I could concentrate only on study besides attending agricultural work at odd time. So business and earning money was not at all possible for me. Now there are modern ways that young people could study as well as earn money. I have lost lacs of rupees as MLM companies cheated making loss of my entire pension benefits besides run into debit of more than 8.5 lacs. My meager pension is not even sufficient to pay interest (24%) on the loan amount. If any of the young philanthropists desire to help please be kind enough to contact in any way.

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    K Rajamanickam
    October 29th, 2010

    It impressed me that at the very young age you have started earning and spending on charity. There are many money makers concentrating only on concealing the money but you have very kind heart to help the needy people. I am really in need of help. If any of you would like to offer generous help kind enough to inform me through any way.

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    October 26th, 2010


    I am 13 and have made some movies. Now Im selling them door to door and other places. If you would like to buy my DVD (that has 5 movies on them? shoot me an email. I will get it out within 48 hours.


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    October 22nd, 2010

    wow these are some smart kids. I wish i was thinking like this when i was their age. Oh well its never too. Find thousands of new jobs from major companies on careerDaddy.com

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    Yakub Immanuel
    October 21st, 2010

    @letitia : I do believe that you might have chance to be in the next same list. Bcoz you are crazy enough,lol..gud luck for THE BIG Business Awards Show, The Twinkie Award.. wish you d best..

    @mongolia: Your English won’t determine that you’re not one of the top 5 in asia..I’m in Asia, I wish I could know your name when you pop up as an Asian Billionaire.

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    carl ochanda
    August 18th, 2010

    a wanna b a bilionare so freakin bad by al of the thingz a neva had a wanna b on the cava of forbes magazine smilin nxt 2 oprah and the queen n everi tyme i close ma eyes a c ma name in shiny lights a dif city evri night oh my i swear the worl beta prepare 4 WHEN AM A BILIONARE

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    July 29th, 2010

    this wep s very congrutulationds. i have 5dollars. i will this money iturnaitional tht so money years. i am 14 years old. my dream s asian top 1 business man. maybe my english very very bad

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    Harry Field
    July 21st, 2010

    Hey im thinking about creating a website, but to be honest im not that good at it can someone help me please? i want to make money through adds what are on my website i also dont know how this works, please email me and if you can help set my website up i will definetly give the person 50% to the person who helps

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    This Weekends Movies
    June 5th, 2010

    I truly loved this brilliant article. Please continue this awesome work.

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    braintissa chidi
    May 17th, 2010

    l love these articles and l am very much convinced that the youths here are benefiting from it.l have been empowered and l know that you guys will keep up the good work… its amazing and lovely

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    Tosin Fabusuyi
    February 2nd, 2010

    This is just awesome am really thrilled. I think i should start thinking on how to compete with these people. Nigeri’s not making things easy. I think I need updates regularly…..

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    January 9th, 2010

    Im really glad to hear that UK kids are doing something important, like me im just a young teen. Though im really productive and I always come up with new ideas, but dont really know how to evaluate them, seems like there are always obstacles in my way. For more info see urbansplasher.blogspot.com

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    Mark Tayar, Hire Marks
    September 7th, 2009

    What an inspiring and interesting list -thanks for sharing it!

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    September 5th, 2009

    omg this is awesome…….. even though I’m only 10 sum of these ppl r even younger this rocks

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    Letitia Owens
    September 2nd, 2009

    I LOVE THIS, I produce a Small Business Awards Show called The TWinkie Awards, I would LOVE to get more information for you and the 25 I am going to mention this on my facebook page. What a GREAT BLOG POST.


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