Top 10 Youngest Billionaires – 2008



We’ve seen this year’s Forbes Magazine‘s list of the world’s richest people but we’ve never been introduced yet to the world’s richest AND youngest people.

And so we bring you the list of the World’s Youngest Billionaires 2008.

Heading the pack is a 23-year-old, self-made billionaire who made money from the website he created: Facebook.com. With estimated net worth of $1.5 billion, Mark Zuckerberg is considered the world’s youngest billionaire.

Below is a list of the richest and youngest people in the world — all of them billionaires — ranked based on age.

#1. Mark Zuckerberg
Age: 23

Fortune: self made
Source: Facebook
Net Worth: $1.5 bil
Country of Citizenship: United States
Industry: Technology
Marital Status: single

Mark Zuckerberg founded addictive social networking site Facebook in February 2004 from his Harvard dorm room. Left school for Silicon Valley later that year; scored initial $500,000 investment from PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel. Venture firms soon swooned, among them Accel Partners and Greylock Partners. Today Facebook boasts 66 million active users. Estimated annual sales: $150 million. Microsoft bought 1.6% stake for $240 million last October; deal led many to suggest the company is worth $15 billion.

#2. Hind Hariri
Age: 24

Fortune: inherited
Source: inheritance
Net Worth: $1.1 bil
Country of Citizenship: Lebanon
Industry: Diversified
Marital Status: single

Youngest child of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. she inherited stake in family’s construction, banking and media holdings. Graduated in 2006 from the Lebanese American University in Beirut. Sticks close by mother Nazek in Paris, where she attracted attention during recent fashion shows. At 24, one of the world’s youngest billionaires.

#3. Albert von Thurn und Taxis
Age: 24

Fortune: inherited
Source: diversified
Net Worth: $2.3 bil
Country of Citizenship: Germany
Industry: Diversified
Marital Status: single

The youngest billionaire in the world for years, Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis now slips to third place. He appeared briefly in Forbes ranks at age 8 but officially inherited fortune on his 18th birthday in June 2001. Went to high school in Rome; studied economics and theology in Scotland. Lives in a family castle, Schloss Emmeram, with his mother, Gloria, and older sisters Maria Theresia and Elisabeth. Racecar driver, tours with a German auto-racing league.

#4. Yang Huiyan
Age: 26

Fortune: inherited
Source: real estate
Net Worth: $7.4 bil
Country Of Citizenship: China
Industry: Real Estate
Marital Status: married,

Yang Huiyan received 58% stake in real estate developer Country Garden from its main founder, her father, Yeung Kwok Keung. She’s now China’s richest woman. Not much else known about her other than the fact she is an Ohio State grad and her wedding video is posted on YouTube.

#5. Fahd Hariri
Age: 27

Fortune: inherited
Source: inheritance
Net Worth: $2.3 bil
Country of Citizenship: Lebanon
Industry: Diversified
Marital Status: single,

Youngest brother of Saad Hariri, the Lebanese parliamentary majority leader; older brothers Bahaa and Aymin and mother, Nazek, are all also billionaires. Owns a stake in family businesses including construction, banking and media holdings. He serves on board of Beirut’s Future Television Network, a terrestrial and satellite TV network.

#6. Aymin Hariri
Age: 29

Fortune: inherited
Source: innheritance
Net Worth: $2.3 bil
Country of Citizenship: Saudi Arabia
Industry: Technology
Marital Status: married, 1 child

Son of slain Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, who left behind a $16.7 billion estate in 2006. Now based in Riyadh, helps watch over family construction and investment company Saudi Oger for older brother Saad Hariri, the Lebanese parliamentary majority leader. Plus has hands in U.S. government contracting: cofounded and chairs identity management software firm Epok, based outside Washington, D.C., which sells to federal and state customers.

#7. Begumhan Dogan Faralyali
Age: 31

Fortune: inherited
Source: media
Net Worth: $1.0 bil
Country of Citizenship: Turkey
Industry: Media/Entertainment
Marital Status: married

A daughter of billionaires Aydin and Isil Dogan. Began career as Arthur Andersen consultant in New York and later advised Europe’s leading media and technology firms. Rejoined family media business in Turkey by establishing corporate communications department of Dogan Holding and became its president.

#8. Xiaofeng Peng
Age: 33

Fortune: self made
Source: solar energy
Net Worth: $2.5 bil
Country of Citizenship: China
Industry: Energy
Marital Status: married,

Started out with a trading company that grew into a large exporter of Chinese-made solar panels. Now nicknamed Light, this solar energy newcomer took his solar energy company, LDK Solar, onto Nasdaq in 2007.

#9. Malvinder & Shivinder Singh
Age: 35/32

Fortune: inherited
Source: pharmaceuticals
Net Worth: $2.5 bil
Country of Citizenship: India
Industry: Pharmaceuticals
Marital Status: married, 3 children

Both Duke University grads, the Singh brothers control generic drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories, founded by their grandfather. Malvinder is chief executive of Ranbaxy, and Shivinder also runs Indian hospital chain Fortis Healthcare, which went public in 2007. Brothers also recently listed financial services arm, Religare Enterprises.

#10. John Arnold
Age: 34

Fortune: self made
Source: hedge funds
Net Worth: $1.15 bil
Country of Citizenship: United States
Industry: Investments
Marital Status: married

Raised by a lawyer dad and accountant mom, Arnold whizzed through Vanderbilt University in three years. He became an oil trader for Enron, supposedly earning $750 million for the company in 2001, when he was just 27. He went into business for himself after Enron collapsed a year later. Today he runs hedge fund Centaurus Energy.

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17 thoughts on “Top 10 Youngest Billionaires – 2008”

  1. The richest Filipino in 2007 is Jaime Zobel de Ayala whose net worth is “only” $2 billion. At 73, I don’t think he’ll be pat of any “Young Billionaires” list hehe.

    In the same list of 40 richest Filipinos, the youngest Filipino is 43-year-old Gilbert Duavit of GMA Network. His net worth, though, is “only” $191 million — barely enough to be in any list of “world’s billionaires.”

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  2. I am actually on my way to becoming a billionaire. Pretty soon I will be joining the list of youngest billionaires. So watch out for me guys. For those of you who don’t know who I am, just type in my name on google and you will immediatley know who it is.

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  3. 11 months, 25 days and ill be one step closer to being on that list! “the age of 21 the Hasegawa heirs take control of there estates!” can’t wait!! dont beleave me? google “HASEGAWA HOBBY KITS” sold all over the world.

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  4. money is just a small thing in this world. pag namatay kana hindi mo padadala sa langit o emperno ang pera mo. u must share it now to me (hehehe)watch me in the list sooner i will be the most richest man in the barangay of mine.(hehehe) good luck folks.

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  5. for the next year i will be the one whose on the top rated billionare in the whole universe. mayaman na ako sa pagmamahal.yun cguro ung wala sa mga mayayaman ngayun di ba. kaya kung gusto ninyong yumaman mahalin ninyo ako para mapabaratwan ko kau met senya na ilokano eh!

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  6. There could be a lot of worries with too much money but i will prefer these worrries to those of poverty anyday any time

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