From Side-Gigs to Successful Startups: Kids Who Made Millions

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Most teens are focused on school, friends, hobbies and even side-gigs that requires spending a few extra bucks. Quite a few of them are making their first million before they’re even graduating high school. However, when you’re passionate about something, the possibilities are endless!


  1. Ashley Qualls

Ashley Qualls is an entrepreneur from Detroit, Michigan. Originally as a hobby, in 2004 at age 14, she started a website called, designed to provide free Myspace layouts and HTML tutorials. The site was so popular that Qualls received a number of offers, such as $1.5 million and the car of her choice from an anonymous buyer.


  1. John Koon

Jonathan Koon is a Chinese American entrepreneur, artist, and fashion designer who became a self-made millionaire at the age of 16. Koon made millions when the company, Extreme Performance Motorsports, became one of the main suppliers for the MTV reality show Pimp My Ride. He used his connections to start a clothing company alongside rapper Young Jeezy, which helped him earn a cool $40 million.


  1. Cameron Johnson

Johnson’s launched a greeting card company when he was only nine years old in year 1994. He started online advertising and software development which earned him a monthly income of $400,000. What’s more incredible? This took place as he reached high school.


  1. Adam Hildreth

Adam Hildreth entered the business world at the age of 14, he started a social networking outfit called Dubai Limited. Hildreth served as managing director of the agency for almost four years, leading Dubit to become the most visited teen Web site in the U.K. In 2004, the British Broadcasting Corp. named Hildreth, then 19, one of the U.K.’s 20 richest teens, with an estimated net worth of 2 million pounds, or approximately $3.7 million.


  1. Evan of YouTube

EvanTube is the YouTube superstar. Heard of him? He has more than 1 billion views on his channel. So how did this Asian-American fourth grader become the real-life version of Blank Check?

In 2011, Evan asked his dad Jared (known as DaddyTube by fans) if he could upload the pair’s Angry Bird stop-motion videos to YouTube so he could show his friends at school. The manager of a photography and video production company, Jared didn’t think anything of it until the video hit 1 million views, setting Evan on a YouTube trajectory experienced by few, even well-known, creators. The channel brings in about $1.3 million annually.


  1. Juliette Brindak

Juliette Brindak is an American businesswoman and co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the all-girl tween and teen social networking site, Miss O & Friends. Juliette Brindak began creating sketched characters, which then led to a complementary all-girl tween and teen social networking site by the time she was 16. It’s doing better than ever.


  1. Tyler Dikman

Tyler Dikman has been known as an entrepreneur his entire life. He started off with lemonade stands at the age of 5. Running these lemonade stands would yield him about $15-20 per hour, which was a lot for someone his age. Several years later he found himself in other small ventures such as babysitting and lawn mowing. At the age of 12-13, he took on the hat of a magician, performing magic tricks at birthday parties. Tyler had always been extremely interested in the stock market. At the age of 13, he landed an internship with Merrill Lynch. At the beginning of 9th grade, he was hired on part time, working after school. Tyler learned a lot and this further drove his passion for entrepreneurship, business, and the stock market. By the time he was 15, he launched Cooltronics, a business that repairs computers. In just two years, which was in 2001, it was worth a million dollars.


  1. Christian Owens

Christian Owens started his first business at the age of 14. With Mac Bundle Box, he offered simple and discounted Mac applications after he negotiated with developers and manufacturers. Christian is the Founder and Director of Branchr Advertising. A company with a new approach on CPC based internet advertising that allows fair ad distribution, without contracts or startup fees. Previously Christian was involved in the creation of various web based technologies and applications that have since been sold. Christian also started The Dream Apps, a privately funded Macintosh software development company.


  1. Adam Horwitz

Since the age of 15, Adam Horwitz has had one entrepreneurial goal: create a million-dollar company by the time he was 21. After several mishaps with launching several startup websites, Horwitz found success with Mobile Monopoly, an app that teaches users how to turn a profit with mobile market leads. He also started the text advertising service YepText.


  1. The Cook Siblings (David and Catherine Cook)

In 2005, Catherine Cook, a 15 year old girl, came up with a golden idea: digitizing yearbooks. Both the siblings worked hard by merging myYearbook with Quepasa Corporation with a new name MeetMe, Inc. It focuses on helping users discover new people to chat with on mobile devices.

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