Most teenagers spend their time watching television, playing video games and working part-time jobs in restaurants and at the local mall. However, some teenagers have big dreams from an early age and wind up becoming CEO’s of their own companies while they are still in high school. These are the kids who took their business talents to new levels, becoming millionaires at an age where most kids are still asking their parents for allowance money to go to the movies.
Sean Belnick is one young man who knew how to take an idea and turn it into pure gold. Starting with $500 at the age of 14, the 20 year-old is now worth more than $24 million. The company he started from his bedroom, BizChair.com, now has over 75 employees and is providing jobs to people in his hometown of Kennesaw, GA. Offering medical equipment, office furniture and home furnishings to clients such as the Pentagon and Microsoft, Sean’s company is doing quite well for itself.
Leanna Archer, nicknamed “Tiny Trump” by her friends, started her company as a 13 year-old in her parent’s basement. Her company, called Leanna’s Hair, was born out of her grandmother’s secret recipe for the pomade she put in her hair. When everyone started asking about it, she made up a batch and bottled it in baby jars to sell. The money soon started rolling in, so she and her parents obtained a business license and Tax ID and started production.
Juliette Brindak wanted to empower little girls and teach them about positive role models and body image, so she started a website called Miss O and Friends. Similar to Facebook, it offers a place for young girls to get together in a virtual world and develop meaningful relationships. At age 19, Miss Brindak is worth a cool $15 million.
Fraser Doherty, at age 15, is set to make his mark in the world of jellies and jams. Ready to take on giant companies like Welches and Smuckers, Doherty is fast becoming the jelly and jam king in England and Ireland. The Scottish-born entrepreneur has made millions making and selling his grandmother’s favorite recipes out of his parent’s kitchen. His products, named SuperJam, come in a variety of flavors including rhubarb and ginger and blueberry and blackcurrant.
Adam Horwitz apparently was born to be an entrepreneur. Starting in his pre-teen years, he took a liking to internet marketing and decided that was going to be his area of focus. From first starting a gossip blog with fellow classmates to starting a site called Urban Stomp listing locations of local parties, Adam has learned how to make his mark in the virtual world. Now worth several million dollars, he teaches courses to teenagers on internet marketing and runs mobile marketing sites with names like “Dude, I Hate My Job!” and “Mobile Monopoly.”
As these young people have proven, it doesn’t take tons of start-up money and years of experience to make it big in the business world. All it takes is a dream and a desire to never quit working until you reach your goal. Whether it’s selling jams and jellies or starting a website, these teenagers have shown an initiative that is hard to find in adults much older than themselves, let alone other teens.