The Richest Online Entrepreneurs Under30
29, $650 Million ‘Runescape’ was released by Andrew Gower and his brother Paul back in 2001 and now has over 200 million accounts (earning it the Guinness -World Record for the largest free MMORPG, as well as the most updated game). The game is based in the medieval fantasy realm of ‘Gielinor’ which players can freely explore, attempting to complete quests or build skills. Gower no longer has holdings in the company and is not listed on the ‘RuneScape’ credits as he has moved on to develop a futuristic sci-fi game.
29 $60 Million Since Vechey founded the site in 2000, ‘PopCap Games’ has become one of the leading creators in ‘easy¬to-learn, irresistible games that everyone can enjoy’. The company has gained recognition for hit games such as ‘Bejeweled’ and ‘Plants Vs. Zombies’. ‘Bejewled’ was its flagship title and has sold over 50 million units across a variety of platforms (on average selling a copy every 4.3 seconds).
27, $75 Million Angelo founded ‘Deviantart’ back in 2000 with Scott Jarkoff and Matthew Stephens. The site originally focused on the work of those who modified computer applications for their own purposes, however it started to move towards its current incarnation as an artistic community in 2006 when users were able to submit work under ‘Creative Commons’ licenses. The site now boasts a wide range of categories including: ‘Motion Books’, ‘Anthro’, ‘Community Projects’ and ‘Artisan Crafts’.
31 $300 Million Chad Hurley founded what is now one of the world’s most recognizable websites, YouTube. Amazingly the site is 10 years old (founded in 2005). Within a year of its launch, YouTube was one of the fastest
zs. $31.6 Billion Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook has now been immortalised by the Oscar-winning film ‘The Social Network’. During his time at Harvard, Zuckerberg studied psychology and computer science and wrote student-based programmes gained Zuckerberg an infamous reputation on campus, shutting down Harvard’s network switches through its popularity. The following semester Zuckerberg launched ‘The facebook’, a project which he would eventually leave Harvard to focus on. Ten years later, Facebook has made Zuckerberg one of the most influential people in the world.