Zuckerberg's youthful fame and fortune makes for a riveting tale. But across America every year, plenty of entrepreneurs make their first million under the age of 25, some in high school. It takes vision, smarts, determination and a little luck. Here are eight of them, along with their advice for achieving prosperity.
Title/Company: Founder and CEO, Dell Computers
Made his first million by age: 19
Dell launched his computer company in 1984, just before dropping out of the University of Texas. By selling direct, Dell lowered prices and won over customers. At 24, the company had revenues of $258 million. At last check, his estimated net worth was $13.5 billion.
Title/Company: Founder, myyearbook.com
Made her first million by age: 18
In 2005, Catherine and her brother founded the social-networking site, which functions like a digital yearbook with pictures, friends and virtual currency called "lunch money." Today, it boasts 20 million members and is one of the 25 most-trafficked Web sites in the U.S.
Title/Company: Founder, BizChair.com
Made his first million by age: 16
Belnick's been selling business furnishings online for nearly a decade now, but the recent B.A. graduate of Emory University's Goizueta School of Business still saw value in a college education.
Title/Company: Founder, Hear and Play Music Group
Made his first million by age: 23
Griggs' passion for teaching music evolved into a site that teaches piano, drums and guitar by ear. More than 2 million students download online lessons each year. Griggs' plans include the launch of brick-and-mortar learning centers, a TV network and a magazine.
Title/Companies: Founder, Sitepoint, 99designs and Flippa
Made his first million by age: 22
Mickiewicz, who launched his first company in 1998, points out that the Internet enables immediate customer feedback, making it relatively inexpensive to test and launch new ideas.
Title/Company: Cofounder/CEO, MissOandFriends.com
Made her first million by age: 19 (Brindak won’t divulge when she earned her first million, but says that her company was valued at $15 million when she was 19)
At 10, Brindak started drawing the "cool girls" cartoon figures who became stars in 2005 of her online community for tween girls. Today, she is seeking investors and preparing to take the site public as she attends Washington University in St. Louis.
Titles/Company: Co-founder (Hauser, right); Co-founder, CEO (Taghaddos, left) -- Grasshopper Group
Made their first million by ages: 24 and 25, respectively
Hauser and Taghaddos met at Babson College, where they developed a virtual phone system designed to serve mobile entreprenuers. Hauser built the technology; Taghaddos led the marketing and sales.
Title/company: Launched more than a dozen Web sites between 1998 and 2004, before he was 20 years old
Made his first million: before graduating high school
At 9, Johnson started a printing company making greeting cards from his home. At 12, he made $50,000 selling his sister's Beanie Baby collection (with her permission, of course). Regarded as an entrepreneurial icon in Japan, Johnson hosted a BBC television show last year called "Beat the Boss." He now focuses on writing and guest lectures.