Top 20 Young Internet Entrepreneurs

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Young Entrepreneurs Who Are Making It BIG Online

Over the past year I have had 1000’s of young internet entrepreneurs contact me, some have incredible ideas and I know that one day they will make a list like this. Today I have created a list of the Top 20 Young Internet Entrepreneurs of 2008.
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“Proof that Internet Success Has No Age Limit”

1. Catherine Cook

MyYearBook – www.MyYearBook.comWhy Catherine Matters:Catherine Cook of managed to get 5 Million Members on Talk to Catherine Cook for any length of time and you get the distinct feeling you don’t need to remember this girl’s name because you’ll be hearing it often in the years to come.

2. Ashley Qualls

WhatEverLife – www.WhatEverLife.comWhy Ashley Qualls Matters:Ashley Qualls who is already a multi-millionaire, and has taken the young entrepreneurs world by storm.Aged just 14, Ashley created, a Myspace layouts site aimed at the female demographic, the site now gets over 250,000 visitors every single day, which is more than teen magazines such as Teen Vogue, Seventeen & Cosmogirl… combined.Ashley doesn’t charge users to use the site, instead, she strategically places ads on the site, and around 60% of her monthly income comes from Google Adsense.

3. Paul Bourqe

UberAffiliate – www.UberAffiliate.comWhy Paul Bourqe:When I mentioned to Paul that I was doing this post he let me know how many leads he had produced since starting Affiliate Marketing just over a year ago. He has manged to total over 544,120 Leads and at 19 years old – no wonder he has managed to total over $500,000 in one month.

4. David Wilkinson

Affiliate Defined – www.AffiliateDefined.comWhy David Matters:From Video Game Nerd to Internet Entrepreneur aged 14, David Wilkinson Super Affiliate reveals the secrets of his online success. As you read this interview you will be tempted to think ? is this guy REAL? Especially when you read the maturity of reply and the WISDOM of David.

5. Carl Ocab

Carl Ocab – www.CarlOcab.comWhy Carl Matters:Carl first started his website about making money online as a young entrepreneur at the age of 13. Now 15 he makes several thousands of dollars every month from affiliate sales and private ad deals.

6. Josh Buckley

Menewsha – www.Menewsha.comWhy Josh Matters:Josh Buckley achieved Financial Freedom at the young age of 15! This year he has earned $xxx,xxx and can now afford to take his family on a two week cruise around the Mediterranean, any gadgets he would ever want and could still afford a small house. Joshua even won the Best Idea Award here on Retire at 21, voted as the best idea for a website out of several 100 contestants.

7. Matt Wegrzyn

Bodis – www.Bodis.comWhy Matt Matters:A very young and very successful domainer. If you ever wondered how to make money buying and selling domains then this interview with Matt will inspire. Real step by step advice on making money buying and selling domains

8. Harrison Gevirtz

CPA Share – www.CPAShare.comWhy Harrison Matters:Harrison is old 16 years old who has been earning income online for the last 3 years. Much of his online focus has been on affiliate marketing, so he recently launched his own affiliate network at

9. Stanley Tang

EmillionsBook – www.emillionsblog.comWhy Stanley Matters:Stanley is just 16 and is just publishing his own book called eMillions where he interviews some of the internets biggest success’s. Stanley will be launching his book in December and it is quite possible that he will make over $100,000 over night!

10. Donny Ouyang

Battle Forums – www.battleforums.comWhy Donny Matters:Donny Ouyang, a 16 year old CEO who reveals how he is earning over $6,500 a month! He talks about how he earns 3 times as much as the average adult, got a $25,000 loan from the bank and the future for his business!

11. Long Zheng

I Started Something – www.Istartedsomething.comWhy Long Matters:Long Zheng is just 20 years old and runs one of the largest blogs for Microsoft enthusiasts. Long is unlike most bloggers, he claims to never make mystakes, always like to break stories first and expects no one else to blog apart from himself.

12. Andrew Galasetti

Lyved – www.lyved.comWhy Andrew Matters:Andrew is 20 years old and prior to launching Lyved has always been an entrepreneur. He has launched several online ventures including a search engine and has also launched one off line venture; a bottled water company.

13. Andrew Sutherland

Quizlet – www.Quizlet.comWhy Andrew Matters:Andrew Launched a quiz website to help make learning vocabulary not a chore. Andrew started Quizlet in October 2005, back when he was a mere 15-year-old and has had over 300,000 people register to play and over 35,000,000 games played!

14. Chloe Spencer

Neopets Fanatic – www.neopetsfanatic.comWhy Chloe Matters: Chloe is a web-savvy teenager who took her hobby to another level by monetizing from it. She launched a fan site for the game Neopets back in 2006 and has earn’t thousands of dollars a month since then.

15. Hansup Yoon

Zune Boards – www.zuneboards.comWhy Hansup Matters:This past month 15 year old Hansup Yoon, previous owner of Zune Boards, sold it for approximately $62,000 to other investors. It’s pretty amazing to see someone at such a young age making money via internet economics, but I suppose anything is possible these days.

16. Juliette Brindak

Miss O & Friends – www.missoandfriends.comWhy Juliette Matters:It all started when Juliette was 10, she drew people that she called cool girls. She then decided to create a website for her sketches which led to Miss O & Friends which has been valued at $15 million!

17. Gareth Hodson

HostedFx – www.HostedFX.comWhy Gareth Matters:When I first started creating websites I always looked upto Gareth and would check out what he was doing and try to base my websites on it. Gareth has now sold of some of his websites but still has two really successful websites, HostedFx and PageHole. Gareth host’s over 650 websites and has sold several thousand links on Pagehole, all while attending collage!

18. Joel Drapper

JoelDrapper – www.JoelDrapper.comWhy Joel Matters:He was 13 when he first started designing websites and 15 when he launched his company. He now runs his own successful blog about SEO and Link Building – Some solid advice from such a young entrepreneur!

19. Liam Goodwin

Filmonic – www.Filmonic.comWhy Liam is a UK based movie blog that covers a wide range of movies (although they do have a strict no ‘chick flick’ or ‘rom com’ policy). The site was started back in November 2007 and has been updated on a regular basis ever since, which apparently people like as 150,000 people visited the site last month.

20. Thilak Raj Rao

Tech Buzz – Thilak Matters:Thilak Raj Rao is a 18 year old collage drop out earning $1000’s every month from his tech blog. Thilak has been online with his website for 2 years now but was a internet addict folloding the top technology websites on the net.


  1. Andrew Galasetti says

    Impressive list! Thanks so much for the mention, it’s an honor.


    • Hey Andrew, I went and checked out your page and I can completely understand why you were added to the list. I like the substance of your articles, different from a lot of other blogs which has completely worked in your favor.

      And to Michael, excellent work once again!


  2. Blog for Beginners says


    You have yet again created a masterpiece article that will surely inspire anyone regardless of age. The never-ending wishful thinking of “I wish I started as young as them” is pretty much inevitable – again.


  3. “all while attending collage!”

    Proofread Michael, proofread! 😉

  4. Very interesing list, what about making one more? 😉

  5. Ian Fernando says

    nice list! i think some of these people were featured in

  6. Great list you have Michael.

    I learn tons from your site all the time.

    I can’t wait to read the next interview you do also.

  7. Excellent. Inspiring especially to everyone. I need to get in the list before next year or else it will be too late. lol…

  8. Alex Fraiser says

    Great list! I have actually heard of some of these people, and I use HostedFX for my sites.

  9. The Net Fool says

    Great list! That’s an awesome compilation, and I didn’t know that some of those websites were run by youngsters. I am convinced that Joel Drapper is the biggest scam since sliced bread, but other than that great job!

  10. Missy (from G34 Media) says

    I’m glad you started your feature with 2 girls at the top. As many times the females are left out. This time they are front and center.

    Very cool and impressive list, Michael. Well done!

  11. Newspapers should report on kids like these some of time instead of just the hoodie stories.

  12. Gerald SEO Tips Blog says

    This is very interesting. I just goes to illustrate how much opportunity the age of the internet has brought us both young and old. Especially the younger generation.

  13. “Ashley Qualls who is already a multi-millionaire”

    “60% of her monthly income comes from Google Adsense.”

    I call B.S. On most of these kids actually.

    Let’s see some stat screenshots. That’s what a real web developer forum would insist on before taking these numbers seriously. Anyone who has worked in the business for a long time (10 years for me) has seen hundreds, maybe thousands, of kids this age claiming to make millions. Some maybe, most are exaggerating the profitability of their websites.

    Great work they’re doing, I wish them the best, but a 250k/day site doesn’t make someone a multi-millionaire in a couple years from Adsense.

  14. My site is hosted by Gareth Hodson’s hostedfx. This guys smart, very helpful and well rounded guy, he always helps me and my site out and his hosting is great.
    I was kinda surprised to see him on the list, like woah wait I know this guy lol, but yea wish he was higher on there

  15. Interesting site of a Top 20 Young Internet Entrepreneurs Under 21. thumb up!!

  16. this is great news. i am planning something great that i will launch in 2010 december. and in a month my name will be there. though by that time i will be 21 years old. thanks for the motivation mica.

  17. Damn.



    Thanks for sharing.

  18. David Wilkinson says

    Thanks for the inclusion (4th – w00t w00t!), and thanks David B for being a skeptic, I suspect your concerns about inflated figures may be right. I have stats to vouch for myself, and know for a fact that the top 3 above me are all doing the figures they claim, aswell as Josh in 6th and those in 9th and 10th aswell.

    Us young’ns. We do a fair bit of networking amongst ourselves, you know! 😉

    – David Wilkinson

  19. MK (Casey) van Bronkhorst says

    A beautiful list. It gives this grandma-aged person great hope for the future, and a sense that one or more of these talented entrepreneurial sorts will be heading up at least one of the ships of state. @caseyfern

  20. Great stuff! umm where are the interviews?

  21. Stanley Tang says

    Great post Michael, especially the person in 9th 😛

  22. Marketing Man says

    Wow, I’m inspired. These young people are really making it hey, what a great group of brilliant youngsters they are. 😉

  23. Pffff… Good, good… But i’m younger from all them. I just have 13 😛 Wish to be in that list 😛

  24. Bill Cawley says

    Here’s a challenge: To cheer up the rest of us who are more than twice as old as these guys – can you find twenty people who have only
    made it when over 70?

    Otherwise we’ll all give up – we can’t compete with this lot.

  25. Daniel Neri says

    Fantastic list!!

    Funny to see Gareth on there, I was very active on back in the day.

    Great kid, very resourceful.

    Inspirational list, thanks Michael!

  26. Joel Drapper says

    @The Net Fool I don’t know what to say. What about me seems scammy?

  27. There are still a lot of people missing from this list. 🙂
    I am friends with a 19 year old who makes $40k/mo from his sites.
    And I’m 16 years old, and I’ve made over $25,000 online.
    So $1000/mo is not unbelievable at all. It’s actually not a lot.

  28. This is good, these young people are doing it.

  29. What an eclectic group of trail blazers! Great to see vibrant young minds tearing things up. Entrepreneurs of any age can learn from them. I am very inspired. Thx, G

  30. My Antivirus says

    This list of current and future millionaires should inspire the next generation of bloggers. May their tribe increase.

  31. Thanks for the list of power thinkers.

  32. Hey I click on some of your ads…I hope that helps.

  33. TL The Liberator says

    It’s simply refreshing to know so many young people are taking the net by storm.

    It should give plenty if hope to those of us who are struggling to earn steady decent income from our net businesses.

    Get busy and get profitable asap!


  34. what is David Wilkinson blog? I remember he had one

  35. This is great. Love seeing young people succeed at such a high rate, and only spurs you to put more focus into what you do best.

  36. Armen Shirvanian says

    A healthy sampling of site-owners is shown here, and one should remember that it is not their age that matters, but that it is the direction that they are traveling in. A person that provides value at any age should be supported, so that they can continue to add to the environment of those around them.

  37. Millioanaire Acts says

    I am very proud of our very own CarlOCab from the Philippines! Keep it up Carl! You are a living proof that age does not matter in entrepreneurship!

  38. says

    Wow! That is inspiring to know that kids so young can do it. All you need is one great idea and that could be you!
    Great post

  39. Arjun Sharma says

    ‘Collages’ are making a comeback apparently…

  40. Mr. Ex Back says

    wow they are making more then me at 23….

    I look up to them lol

  41. playstation4guru says

    Great inspiration! Nice article. Bump for you…

  42. Diana Freedman says

    Wow that’s crazy. I started my first website when I was about 14 and at one point got hundreds of visitors a day… and then I gave it up when I went to college. BIG mistake. I started blogging about a month ago, but still want to come up with a great business website idea… although now that I’m 22, the dream of retiring at 21 is over.

  43. It’s really motivated me bro.. Thanks for sharing… Wish to being like them also..

    Need to work hard from now.. Work smart I hope will find the key to the success way.

    Even do, this blog really make me more motivated. Even do i had pass aged 21.. 😀

  44. CatalogSpot says

    Good info. Very encouraging 🙂

  45. hello this is an amazing list
    how did you collected this ?

    means this is so good to see that kids of such age are beating older people

    hats off to you guys keep it up

  46. Big respect to these guys.

    Excellent article btw.


  47. I’m so depressed. How can I achieve 1% of their success?

    I think that the big factor is the idea. When you have the unique idea, you can go….

  48. Impressive but honestly quite easy to make money online these days…

  49. Amazing to see all hese kids make it!

  50. I’m a ten year old blogger. I hope to get my website as big as their sites one day! but right now i’m starting little and just blogging about toys i see and have.

  51. Tabloid Internet says

    Amazing youngers….

  52. List Builder says

    Very Inspiring indeed, want to hear Carl Ocab Live??

  53. nice list…. really good to see that more and more young entrepreneurs are coming out in web2.0 world

  54. Wont be long till I’m on this list as a 15 year old domainer.

  55. Honest Internet Businessman says

    Very motivational article. I know hindsight is 20/20 but just think what us 30 somethings would be making if we spent less time in front of the boob tube playing ps3 and watching crappy reality tv and sitcoms?

  56. great…, i will be there..,

  57. David King says

    Wow… that’s crazy how much some of these kids have accomplished at such a young age…

    Good for them 🙂

    Thanks for the post!


  58. moving quotes says

    Great page! very inspiring stories. This is the kind of information our children should have access to.


  59. Successful Filipino Entrepreneur says

    Really great to see so many young people becoming online entrepreneurs. Just goes to show that anyone can do it, no matter where they live or what their status in life.

    There is no excuse for not trying.

    Please take a look at my Successful Filipino Entrepreneur site.

  60. Accept ACH Payments says

    Its good to see kids working hard. So many negative stories in the press.

  61. Incredible! Impressive achievements.

  62. Elevic Pernis says

    Chloe Spencer looks hot! I wish them luck!

  63. Great post. Like I said before. I have been researching these young kids and they truly are inspirational. Keep up the great work!

    Stock Assault 2.0

  64. Roseli A. Bakar says

    Very inspiring. Cool people!

  65. Brandon DuBois says

    Anyone with an internet connection can make a few grand a month without even trying. The newer generation grew up on this though – maybe that’s why we do it best?

  66. Wow great and i i think have to try it for my side too.

  67. Vic of BusinessAccent says

    I know CarloCab, since he’s my country men. But oh! I never thought there are really a lot of them. The list is awesome and so inspiring. Thanks for sharing it. I have just bookmarked it.

  68. I think this is great way to go everyone.Majority people are scared when it comes to working on the Internet because of all the scams.Good Luck! to the younger generation.

  69. Buy PSP Go says

    Awesome people! I hope I achieve the same success by 21!

  70. Internet Entrepreneur says

    There’s a few people I never heard of on here but then again, I know some internet entrepreneurs under 21 that should definitely be on this list as well… but nice list nonetheless.


  71. We hope to be on a website like this one day! Always have to be on on top of your game or market, creating new ideas.

  72. Great article very inspiring

  73. jawatan kosong says

    They are a great example of young peoples can do and earn more than adult.

  74. Wow this is a great list, I haven’t heard of even one of them but it is cool to see some potential “up and comers” in the marketers realm. Bravo on finding them, and thanks for sharing.

  75. Interesting, however when you look at their traffic levels now they seem to have dwindled. I guess thats down to the fast changing face of the internet. You need to keep evolving and engaging with your audience.

  76. This is so motivating. I started few websites back in 2006 as a project and they are still live. I still don’t know why they were not as successful as others. I think it was because i kept changing content and theme of the site. I think i need a help from some successful blogger in setting up things, but that is so unlikely, no one would care to do that, right?

  77. Young internet entrepreneurs! The right man in the right place and right time. Congratulation…may be I am in the list next year.. 😀

  78. Nithiyaah says

    Hi Michael,
    It’s great to see more teens are making money from the Internet and this is a very inspiring article to whoever reads this. It will be great if you can provide more solid informations on how they or even you managed to make money in online. This will be a great help for the newcomers. Keep up the good job! May God Bless You & Your Loved One. Take care.

  79. WOW! Thanks for the boast, I needed that ;).

    You can add me to the list once I succeed, by then I will be over 30 lol.

    CHEERS 🙂

  80. Aaron Darko says

    This is amazing how many young people just like me are doing online. They are amazing. Its extremely inspiring for me and everyone else.

    All the older people think we are way ahead of them, little do they know ANYONE CAN DO IT!

  81. Joe Boyle says

    Nice list you’ve built up there!

    I too am a young entrepreneur (I’m only 13), so it’s great to know that it is possible to succeed at such a young age. In my opinion, people don’t put enough inspiration towards kids running internet websites. We are the future, let us give our views!

  82. Joe Boyle says

    Great list you’ve written up, here.

    I know almost all of these entrepreneurs (not personally), so it is great to see them on a top 20 list! 😀

  83. wow! Amazing young entrepreneurs! I own my first computer when I was 20!

  84. You guys are all amazing for going out and getting what you want. Putting your words into action! Ninety percent of people don’t know how to do put a plan into action or have the desire and persistence to accomplish what you did. Congratulations for reaching for the stars. You are the young entrepreneurs of the future.

    Mike – The Mandura System

  85. Awesome list .. Amazing work by each one 🙂

  86. Yo, Mike!

    Sites like yours is what’s missing from the “real world”. People think this is all play-play, but
    everyone on your list proves that brains and a good plan-of-action can conquer all. YOU as well as everyone on your lists, prove that a deviation from the normal “slave-to-clock” mindset is what it takes to “really” be a financial success. I’m launching website(one of several) soon and hope to one day make a list like this one.
    OH, and you should put yourself up there too,bro.

    Great site,props, peace!

  87. Inspiring. Why don’t you do this in a series? Perhaps something like Young Internet Entrepreneurs Under 21 of 2011…

  88. Charles Paxson says

    Great example of the Entrepreneurial spirit. It is in your blood no matter what age it comes out. The internet has just given these individuals an outlet that is not so restricted by age. Indeed inspiring.

  89. Theodore De Dumas says

    One of my favorite articles!

  90. i also want to hav a business like yours guys,help me

  91. Dredd Azarcon says

    It’s great to see someone here from my country, and we are very proud to all of you, young ones. This a really nice post…

  92. Harfiz@Bizstudent says

    This list are truly inspired me!
    I hope that I will become in the list too, someday 🙂

  93. Internet Entrepreneur says

    The difference between these entrepreneurs and most, is the determination and willingness to take action and make things happen. Good ideas are a dime a dozen. An entrepreneur who takes action can create millionsmany times over.

  94. I’m a proud Filipino here! I’m amazed that carl ocab is representing my country in the top 20 young internet entrepreneurs. I believe that there are more opportunities for filipinos in the internet especially SEO is on the rise!

  95. i have to add 1 more in this list
    Suhas Gopinath

    When 14-year-old Suhas Gopinath started Global Inc ten years ago from a cyber cafe in Bengaluru, he didn’t know that he had become the youngest CEO in the world.

    Today, Global is a multi-million dollar company with offices in the United States, India, Canada, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia, Singapore and the Middle East and has 100 employees in India and 56 abroad. TO READ MORE

  96. Nura Bello says

    Quite an inspiring story and lesson to those aspiring entrepreneurs that they can make it. Just have an idea that can be monitize and swing in to action.

  97. Fren Dee Bee says

    This makes me feel old…
    I’ve just read big companies started from their garages and now youngsters under 21 earning six figure dollars?!
    They’re be millionaires when they reach 30.