Most people aspire to make a lot of money, or be famous, or both. Some of us get the opportunity, and some don’t.
For those who achieve fame at a young age, it is truly amazing to hear their stories. Some create things, some have amazing talent, and some stand up for what they believe in.
But they all are truly inspiring, especially to those of us who have always wanted to be in their place but never knew how.
Here are 10 people who found success at a young age.
10. Nick D’Aloisio, 17
Nick is pretty young, and pretty smart. He invented an app called Summly. It summarizes news articles to anywhere from 500 to 140 words. For those of us who don’t like to read through all the filler and only want to hear the top points, this app is what we’ve always hoped for. And apparently we’re not the only ones. Yahoo purchased this app for $30 million. It must be pretty nice to be a millionaire before you finish school.
9. Missy Franklin, 18
A lot of people compete in the Olympics, and quite a few of them are under 18. But it’s not very often that they also walk away with six gold medals. But that’s exactly what happened to Missy. She’s one of six who has ever captured six or more gold medals, and even won the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year award. To put the icing on the cake, she was offered millions of dollars in endorsements and turned them all down to pursue her education.
8. Tyler Dikman, 15
The internet can be pretty scary if you don’t know how to navigate it properly, especially back in 2000, when the internet was still fairly new. At the time, Tyler was 15, and he created a website that helped people navigate this new frontier. He advised people on how to remove viruses, and even how to upgrade their home PC. It was called Cooltronics, and it required a subscription service that really raked in the cash.
7. Sean Belnik, 14
Sean created bizchair.com, an internet retailer that specializes in furniture. He was only 14 when he started this, and within years he had moved into a massive warehouse, ready to continue his business. By the year 2010, he was making over 58 million dollars in sales.