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Internet has proved to be a good place of investment for many entrepreneurs, young and old. Some of the young entrepreneurs have earned huge success in their projects and have become millionaires at an early age.

This list includes 10 such young entrepreneurs who have become millionaires on the internet.

1 ) Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Founder - Mark Elliot Zuckerberg

Facebook Founder - Mark Elliot Zuckerberg

Age: 26 years old
Project: Facebook
Wealth: $1.3 billion

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur. As a Harvard student, he created the online social website Facebook with fellow computer science major students and his roommates Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Facebook is a social networking site popular worldwide. Zuckerberg serves as Facebook’s CEO. He has been the subject of controversy for the origins of his business and his wealth.

Time Magazine added Zuckerberg as one of The World’s Most Influential People of 2008. He fell under the Scientists & Thinkers category for his web phenomenon, Facebook, and ranked 52 out of 101 people.

2 ) Andrew Gower

British games developer and co-founder of Jagex Ltd - Andrew Christopher

British games developer and co-founder of Jagex Ltd - Andrew Christopher

Age: 30 years old
Project: Runescape
Wealth: $650 million

Andrew Christopher Gower (born 2 December 1978) is a British games developer and co-founder of Jagex Ltd, the company he founded with Paul Gower and Constant Tedder. He is noted for writing MMORPG RuneScape, with the assistance of his brother, Paul Gower and also a lead developer.

Jagex Games Studio (or Jagex Ltd./Jagex Software/JAGeX) is a producer of online computer games based in Cambridge, UK. It is best known for the three versions of its RuneScape MMO, as well as for having produced the FunOrb games site and developing the ‘to be released’ MechScape MMO. Jagex has over 350 employees, with all content development, management, and customer support provided ‘in house’.

The company produces games exclusively written using the Java language, its name standing for “JAva Gaming EXperts”. It has received a number of awards for its achievements and is one of the highest profile developers in the UK.

3 ) Chad Hurley

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer youtube -  Chad Hurley

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer youtube - Chad Hurley

Age: 32 years old
Project: YouTube
Wealth: $300 million

Chad Meredith Hurley (born 1976) is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the popular San Bruno, California-based video sharing website YouTube. In June 2006, he was voted 28th on Business 2.0’s “50 People Who Matter Now” list. In October 2006 he sold YouTube for $1.65 billion to Google.

Hurley worked in eBay’s PayPal division—one of his tasks involved designing the original PayPal logo before starting YouTube with fellow PayPal colleagues Steve Chen and Jawed Karim.

Hurley is a user interface expert and was primarily responsible for the tagging and video sharing aspects of YouTube

4 ) Blake Ross and David Hyatt

Mozilla firefox project by Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross

Mozilla firefox project by Dave Hyatt and Blake Ross

Age: 24 years old
Project: Mozilla
Wealth: $120 million

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. Firefox has 22.98% of the recorded usage share of web browsers as of August 2009[update], making it the second most popular browser in terms of current use worldwide after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which has 66.97%.

To display web pages, Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine, which implements most current web standards in addition to several features which are intended to anticipate likely additions to the standards.

Latest Firefox features include tabbed browsing, spell checking, incremental find, live bookmarking, a download manager, private browsing, location-aware browsing (aka “geolocation”) based exclusively on a Google service and an integrated search system that uses Google by default in most localizations. Functions can be added through add-ons, created by third-party developers, of which there is a wide selection, a feature that has attracted many of Firefox’s users.

Firefox runs on various versions of Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and many other Unix-like operating systems. Its current stable release is version 3.5.3, released on September 9, 2009[update]. Firefox’s source code is free software, released under a tri-license GNU GPL/GNU LGPL/MPL

5 ) Andrew Michael

Fast Hosts founder - Andrew Michael

Fast Hosts founder - Andrew Michael

Age: 29 years old
Project: Fast Hosts
Wealth: $110 million

6 ) Angelo Sotira

DeviantArt Co-founder - Angelo Sotira

DeviantArt Co-founder - Angelo Sotira

Age: 26 years old
Project: DeviantART
Wealth: $75 million

DeviantArt (official typeset as deviantART; commonly abbreviated as dA) is an American online community with worldwide appeal showcasing various forms of user-made artwork. It was first launched on August 7, 2000 by Scott Jarkoff, Matthew Stephens, Angelo Sotira and others. DeviantArt, Inc. is headquartered in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California, United States. As of May 2009[update] the site consists of over 10 million members, over 81 million submissions, and receives around 105,000 submissions per day. The domain deviantart.com attracted at least 36 million visitors annually by 2008 according to a Compete.com study.

DeviantArt aims to provide a place for any artist to exhibit and discuss works. Works are organized in a comprehensive category structure, including photography, digital art, traditional art, literature, Flash, filmmaking, skins for applications and others, along with extensive downloadable resources such as tutorials and stock photography. “Fella,” a small robotic cat character, is the official DeviantArt mascot.

7 ) John Vechey

PopCap Games Co-founder - John Vechey

PopCap Games Co-founder - John Vechey

Age: 28 years old
Project: PopCap Games
Wealth: $60 million

PopCap Games is a leading American casual game developer and publisher, based in Seattle, Washington, United States. It was founded in 2000 by John Vechey, Brian Fiete and Jason Kapalka, and currently employs more than 180 people. Most of Popcap’s games can be played free in a limited form, with the full version available for a fee.

PopCap’s flagship title Bejeweled has sold more than 25 million units across all major platforms. PopCap games are available for Web, PC and Mac, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, cell-phones, PDAs, iPod Classic, iPhone/Touch and other mobile devices.

8 ) Alexander Levin

ImageShack Co.founder - Alexander Levin

ImageShack Co.founder - Alexander Levin

Age: 23 years old
Project: ImageShack
Wealth: $56 million

ImageShack is an image hosting website on the Internet. ImageShack has a subscription service, but the majority of their revenue is produced from advertising related to their free image hosting. The imageshack.us Alexa ranking as of September 25, 2007 is one of the top 40’s. According to Nielsen//NetRatings, ImageShack was the fourth fastest growing web brand in July, 2006.

9 ) Jake Nickell

Threadless Co-founder - Jake Nickell

Threadless Co-founder - Jake Nickell

Age: 28 years old
Project: Threadless
Wealth: $50 million

Threadless is a community-centered online apparel store run by skinnyCorp of Chicago, Illinois, since 2000. Co-founders Jake Nickell and Jacob DeHart started the company with $1,000 in seed money after entering an Internet t-shirt design contest.

Members of the Threadless community submit t-shirt designs online; the designs are then put to a public vote. A small percentage of submitted designs are selected for printing and sold through an online store. Creators of the winning designs receive a prize of cash and store credit.

10 ) Greg Tseng and Johann Schleier-Smith

Greg Tseng and Johann Schleier-Smith Tagged Inc. co-founded

Greg Tseng and Johann Schleier-Smith Tagged Inc. co-founded

Age: 28 years old
Project: Tagged
Wealth: $45 million

Tagged Inc. was co-founded by Harvard graduates and entrepreneurs Greg Tseng and Johann Schleier-Smith. Tagged.com was launched in October 2004 by Tagged Inc. and is privately owned.Tagged.com is a social networking site founded in 2004. Tagged is the subject of numerous customer complaints for sending deceptive bulk mail and is regarded as a phishing and spamming site and an “E-mail scam” by consumer anti-fraud advocates. It is headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States.

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  • dollslikeus said:

    wow so young unbelievable I don’t make any money on the internet.I have been up since 2005

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  • Vitalis Chime said:

    Please how do i join to share this testimonies of your. I have been in internet business but are not making money.

  • Dennis Isong said:

    great to know that young guys are making waves ….very soon I will
    join them soon….

  • facebookgolddigger.com said:

    Facebook is worth over $11b, I

  • Ken Nwankwo said:

    I love this post. I’m an internet business creator/investor and my faith on the next step of online business to create has soared.

    You will hear from me soon coz I have such a great idea like these guys.

  • facebookgolddigger.com said:

    Facebook is worth over $11b. I have found a way to get my daily share of this fortune on facebook.

  • Babatunde said:

    I need a web site

  • Esther said:

    wow! those guys are too much. i wish to be like one of them someday. it’s possible. if they can make it. i can too with God on my side.

  • okechukwu said:

    men this is some thing easle while is duo to there everoment in our country is not like that

  • chukwuebuka said:

    thanks i will look it over

  • opesan emmanuel oluwatobi said:

    u guy are really making our world.

  • ogodo oghenekaro victor said:

    this people are very young to me it’s a challenge, this young people can think of this Ideal and make money with it. that means it is prove that every people have the capacity to think Big and have a big vision. Am very motivated.

  • romance gists said:

    great to read about you guys and your positive contribution to the internet world

  • Olaide said:

    Who said I won’t make it when God says I will make it. You will soon hear about me for success

  • Opata Chibueze said:

    See, Learn and Grow! This is a proof of what I have been trying to say. The greatest law of success lies in instinct. Discover the god in you and you will be a demigod… like me.

  • Akuson Henry said:

    This is the kind of level i will attain before the end of this year…who is with me….

  • olasunkanmi Taiwo said:

    I will join them soon….Facebook is worth over $400b.in Earning

  • Odebiyi Oluwatobiloba I. said:

    These guys are multivational,they challenge my ability and capability.You guys would hear from soon.

  • chizzy said:

    while they are busy trying to make the world better it is disheartening that many young Nigerian are busy trying to destroy the country’s image by stealing online no matter the guise. this is a straight challenge to us all especially we in Nigeria to buckle up and do something better

  • tundre said:

    These guys are something really big for the world………I wonder why some people don’t make use of their brain in a good way, rather making bad use of it……………..NIGERIANS SHOULD THINK OF GOOD WAYS ON HOW TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN

  • Ekene Aneke said:

    Absolutey! There is really Dough on the Internet and I hope I’m gonna make my own record to a certain extend someday… Keep it up Guys.

  • bolaji o g said:

    l am amaze by the success story of this guys and l hope
    to be like through information marketing.

    NIGERIANS YOUTH SHOULD THINK POSITIVELY.

  • bolaji said:

    l cherish those guys ideas and there wealth,
    but if the nigera government can make his promise
    to become reality in the area of energy(power),
    l believe nigeria youth are verse in internet software
    building,am so sure they will surprise the world making billions of
    dollars will be a joke.
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  • Olushola said:

    This testimony are wonders of the world ,lmagine talented youth
    changing their ideas to millions of dollars and they are
    happy doing it, l love them all and l wish to transform the world
    through the world of information marketing.

    *NIGERIA YOUTH SHOULD THINK POSITIVELY*

  • Tunday said:

    Ability to discover oneself and talents is rare . .when so many of our young people in nigeria are trying to survive. .we often don’t think beyond our survival and satisfying our insatiable pleausure. .those with opportunity are not making good use of it. .we dont have many good role models. .a corrupt culture is being bred in our youth by d leaders. .that is what makes the differences between we youths in nigeria and these ones. .until we set our priority right and start giving solutions instead of waiting for solution. . I am 24 . .and am still thinking “when am i gonna be what i want to be,when am i gonna see what i want to see time is tickiling i can’t wait no more. Will dreams ever come through in this part of the world” DO WE ALWAYS NEED GOD TO CARE FOR OUR PROBLEMS WHILE WE ONLY SIT BACK AND LOOK AND EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE GOING FROM BAD TO WORSE.

  • moshood said:

    Wow! These are young guys… this is really a big challenge for me

  • Dami said:

    How do i make money on the internet in Nigeria?

    Thank you

  • bolaji o g said:

    Dami,
    Answer to your question is very very easy,
    please ask any vendor in your area for
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  • oshin said:

    well its really impressive by those guys inventions i too love to be an achiever. those guys should be given kudos to since they have come out to tell the world that they a really i too we love to know those secrets behind internet money making site and how those guys started

  • Micheal said:

    Whao!..This is a total intellectual idea’s and another way of making more money..Can i ever find a way of reaching this intellectual guys to Coo hands together bringing more idea’s to fetch Us Cool cash? let them just throw out there’s and i sure will also speaks mine aswell….catch me if you can and also if you truly believes it will work for U & I,aight?

    One Luv.

  • Xtian C.(Potency) said:

    Making money is all about creativity and God’s favour…
    If God’ll be on ma side,i’ll touch the sky cos i know the stuff am made of.

  • Itua said:

    Very soon my powerful forex technique wil elevate me 2dis point as long as i hope in God

  • Patrick Ogidi said:

    If these guys can do it, anybody anywhere in the world can. We’ve got the potentials and can reach greater heights. I’m on my way to the top. What about you?

  • bolaji said:

    ogidi,

    making money is about believing in yourselves and also try
    to emulate others who are champion in the feilds of moneymaking
    so that you can be among top millionaires in Nigeria before
    upgradement to africa

  • Patrick Ogidi said:

    @bolaji,

    I agree with you when you say believing in yourself.

    But when you emulate others, you’re simply trying to limit yourself. Mark Zuckerberg for instance, never emulated anyone…

    Simply believe in yourself and work with principles…then the sky will be your limit!

  • Millie Wood said:

    Internet money these days is getting larger and larger.;-*

  • Emma Hill said:

    being a computer programmer myself makes me very proud of my job:*:

  • Amber Phillips said:

    internet money is quite easy if you own high traffic websites~.`

  • K Rajamanickam said:

    I admire that young guys developed their skill and earned on their own. It really give me much pleasure and I earnestly request all of you to please join Giving Pledge Campaign of Mr Buffett and Bill Gates and offer at least 50% of the income for charitable purpose. By giving to the needy you will be paid back by God. I further appeal that help should be advanced to needy individual also when the cause is genuine otherwise purpose of charity will not be successive.

  • Peter Emu said:

    Most of the young minds here were creator of something. You can’t be in this list if you do not create anything….

    Innovation brings success, fame and make others wow, like the way we are all drooling over their success.

    Nice motivation for those who want to be like Mark Zuckerberg and the others.. we can get there…

  • Oscilloscope said:

    internet money is always good if you know how to earn them. earning it is another story though .”;

  • Saad Ahmed said:

    These all are great young entrepreneurs, i really like all of them.

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  • Hamm said:

    wow ,, i would love to see my name in this list only it happens when i do lots of hardwork in my life MAY ALLAH BLESS ME ^_^ And Everyone Who Deserved

    AMEEN

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    It is indeed remarkable and instructive that the top wealthiest people in the world are below 40yrs of age. But, that is not to say that those above 40 cannot also turn their fortunes around within their middleage. One avenue that l’ve discovered that young people, and even the old, can strike it rich and quit their day job is through internet marketing.

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    While it’s nice to learn about individual success stories. The fact is that the average return for people toiling away on the internet is probably a buck and a half a day. The true winners in the digital age are the same ones who won in the analogue world: big corporate money. The question becomes, will the internet help to redistribute wealth in the world? Or simply help to concentrate it.

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