10 Millennial Influencers in Business Today
Perhaps obviously, Mark Zuckerberg is first on our list. He isn’t just an influential millennial, he’s the influential millennial!
In 2019, he made it into the Forbes top ten richest people list – and was the only one under the age of fifty to do so.
Zuckerberg launched the social networking site Facebook, aged of only 19 and is today worth approximately $74 billion.
Mark Zuckerberg remains an inspiration to many, especially anyone looking for success without a college degree.
Californian YouTuber Amanda Steele reached prominence early in life, with her vlog “Make up by Mandy24”.
The young millennial is best known for her beauty blogs, but is also active as an actress and model.
With 2.8 million subscribers and 243 million views to her name, she can truly be classed as a millennial influencer for the YouTube generation.
The American YouTube star was actually born in Caracas in 1996, but moved to Miami at the age of five.
Her career began on the now defunct platform Vine, but has since migrated to YouTube.
Today she is the host of La Voz in Mexico and has a string of acting and music credits to her name. Additionally, she has worked in film, tv and even co-written a novel.
She now has more than 15 million subscribers on YouTube and even more Instagram followers.
The founder of Spotify started young – aged thirteen to be precise – charging $5000 a time to clients for building websites.
With little time to concentrate on schoolwork, the young entrepreneur bribed his fellow pupils to take exams for him and similarly greased the palms of talented Math students to help him code.
By the age of 18, he was bringing home $50k per month and had a team of 25 working below him. Naturally, this wasn’t a secret that could be kept from the Swedish IRS for long – but undaunted by this and Ek went onto sell several of his companies and plow all his energies back into his next project; Spotify.
Ek was attracted to the idea of free music downloads, but wanted to make the legal option enticing enough to tempt users away from the existing illegal sites. Today he is worth an estimated $1.6 billion.
Lilly was born in Scarborough, Canada, in1988 and is today one of the best paid YouTubers. In 2017 she was pulling in an estimated $10.5 million and has been part of the yearly YouTube Rewind since 2014.
Her credits include, amongst other things, author, actor, comedian and more recently, talk show host, for her own production A Little Late With Lilly Singh.
Born in 1984, Adam D’Angelo is best known for being the founder of Quora, the question and answer internet platform site.
Adam’s origins began in Facebook, where he worked until 2008 as the chief technology officer and then VP of engineering.
Quora was launched in 2009, and the company is now estimated to be worth $2 billion.
Sean Rad is the son of Iranian parents, brought up in L.A. At the age of 18, he began a mobile messaging company, Orgoo.
He launched Tinder with co-founder Justin Mateen in 2012. It was an instant hit, although it has not been without its controversies. Problems included security breaches, internal scandals (involving his co-founder Mateen and more beside).
The fact that Tinder is still going strong despite this, seems to vouch for the staying power of Rad.
Another college dropout, Matthew Mullenweg started out aged not even twenty, with his own company, Automattic. This was the founder company behind what was to become the world’s leading internet software; WordPress.
In 2019, WordPress commands an impressive 34% share of the world’s website tools. And it’s not just for bloggers either, WordPress is used by a surprisingly large share of some of the world’s most prolific companies, including eBay, The New York Times, Sony and Forbes.
In a few short years, Matthew went from being a college dropout to the top of his own empire, and is now reported to be worth $40 million.
Born in 1986, millennial David Karp is responsible for the instigation of the networking site Tumblr. This platform lets bloggers add different media to a blog and allows people to follow each other’s missives.
It was started in 2007 and despite the ensuing competition from newer platforms, still stands proud as a contender.
Today David Karp is worth about $200 million.
The only Scottish millennial to make it to our list, Peter Cashmore founded the tech website Mashable, in 2005 at the tender age of 19.
Since then it has moved on from being solely focused on digital tech and broadened out to a serious media entity, with special attention on tech.
Although the fortunes of the company have been up and down, Peter Cashmore remains a prime influencer to watch for the future.