Ranked: The World’s 25 Richest Millennial Billionaires
There are 2,755 billionaires globally—and combined, they are worth over $13 trillion.
Of these ultra wealthy individuals, just over 100 are millennials, born between the years 1981 and 1996. This young generation represents around 3.8% of all billionaires on a global basis with a combined net worth of $573.1 billion.
This visualization, using data from Forbes, ranks the richest 25 millennial billionaires and details their source of wealth, total net worth, nationality, and age.
Note: Forbes categorized billionaires by current age (2021). For those slightly over or under the age range of Millennials, meaning those who are currently 24 or 40 years old (i.e. they could have been born in either 1996/1997 or 1980/1981), if their birth year could not be accurately determined, they were left out of this ranking.
Who are the Millennial Billionaires?
The oldest millennials will be turning 40 in 2021, while the youngest are just turning 25. This means that millennial billionaires are generally the youngest billionaires in the world, save two Gen Zers: Wang Zelong of China, 24, and Kevin David Lehmann of Germany, 18.
|Mark Zuckerberg||36||$97.0 B||U.S.||Tech|
|Zhang Yiming||37||$35.6 B||China||Tech|
|Yang Huiyan & family||39||$29.6 B||China||Real Estate|
|Dustin Moskovitz||36||$17.8 B||U.S.||Tech|
|Su Hua||39||$17.8 B||China||Media & Entertainment|
|Pavel Durov||36||$17.2 B||Russia||Tech|
|Lukas Walton||34||$15.6 B||U.S.||Fashion & Retail|
|Eduardo Saverin||39||$14.6 B||Brazil||Tech|
|Cheng Yixiao||37||$14.1 B||China||Media & Entertainment|
|Brian Chesky||39||$13.7 B||U.S.||Tech|
|Nathan Blecharczyk||37||$12.4 B||U.S.||Tech|
|Joe Gebbia||39||$12.4 B||U.S.||Tech|
|Bobby Murphy||32||$11.9 B||U.S.||Tech|
|Evan Spiegel||30||$11.1 B||U.S.||Tech|
|Guillaume Pousaz||39||$9.0 B||Switzerland||Finance & Investments|
|Sam Bankman-Fried||29||$8.7 B||U.S.||Finance & Investments|
|Agnete Kirk Thinggaard||37||$8.7 B||Denmark||Manufacturing|
|Dmitry Bukhman||35||$7.9 B||Russia||Media & Entertainment|
|Igor Bukhman||39||$7.9 B||Russia||Media & Entertainment|
|Ernest Garcia, III.||38||$7.4 B||U.S.||Automotive|
|Brian Armstrong||38||$6.5 B||U.S.||Finance & Investments|
|Wang Ning & family||34||$6.3 B||China||Media & Entertainment|
|Scott Duncan||38||$6.0 B||U.S.||Energy|
|David Velez||39||$5.2 B||Colombia||Finance & Investments|
|Kate Wang||39||$5.0 B||China||Manufacturing|
|Daniel Ek||38||$4.6 B||Sweden||Technology|
|Gustav Magnar Witzoe||27||$4.4 B||Norway||Food & Beverage|
|Steven Meng Yang & family||38||$4.2 B||China||Technology|
|Li Xiang||39||$4.0 B||China||Automotive|
|Ben Silbermann||38||$3.9 B||U.S.||Technology|
|Lynsi Snyder||38||$3.6 B||U.S.||Food & Beverage|
|Apoorva Mehta||34||$3.5 B||Canada||Technology|
|Franco Bittar Garcia||37||$3.5 B||Brazil||Fashion & Retail|
|Xu Yi||31||$3.4 B||China||Media & Entertainment|
|RJ Scaringe||38||$3.4 B||U.S.||Automotive|
|Patrick Collison||32||$3.2 B||Ireland||Technology|
|John Collison||30||$3.2 B||Ireland||Technology|
|Pedro de Godoy Bueno||30||$3.0 B||Brazil||Healthcare|
|Geoffrey Kwok||35||$3.0 B||Hong Kong||Real Estate|
|Yin Xin||36||$3.0 B||China||Media & Entertainment|
|Huang Jinfeng||38||$3.0 B||China||Fashion & Retail|
|Cameron Winklevoss||39||$3.0 B||U.S.||Finance & Investments|
|Tyler Winklevoss||39||$3.0 B||U.S.||Finance & Investments|
|Paul Sciarra||40||$2.9 B||U.S.||Technology|
|Chen Tianshi||36||$2.8 B||China||Technology|
|Tony Xu||36||$2.8 B||U.S.||Technology|
|Victor Jacobsson||39||$2.7 B||Sweden||Fiannce & Investments|
|Caroline Hagen Kjos||37||$2.6 B||Norway||Diversified|
|Adam Kwok||38||$2.6 B||Hong Kong||Real Estate|
|André Street||36||$2.5 B||Brazil||Finance & Investments|
|Chang Jing||38||$2.5 B||China||Technology|
|Byju Raveendran and Divya Gokulnath||39||$2.5 B||India||Technology|
|Austin Russell||26||$2.4 B||U.S.||Automotive|
|Jonathan Kwok||29||$2.4 B||Hong Kong||Real Estate|
|David Chen||40||$2.4 B||Singapore||Media & Entertainment|
|Tom Persson||36||$2.3 B||Sweden||Fashion & Retail|
|Jared Isaacman||38||$2.3 B||U.S.||Technology|
|Andrew Paradise||38||$2.3 B||U.S.||Media & Entertainment|
|Sebastian Siemiatkowski||39||$2.2 B||Sweden||Finance & Investments|
|Timur Turlov||33||$2.1 B||Russia||Finance & Investments|
|Gong Yingying||36||$2.1 B||China||Healthcare|
|Katarina Martinson||39||$2.1 B||Sweden||Diversified|
|Andy Fang||28||$2.0 B||U.S.||Technology|
|Stanley Tang||28||$2.0 B||U.S.||Technology|
|Christopher Kwok||35||$1.9 B||Hong Kong||Real Estate|
|Ipek Kirac||36||$1.9 B||Turkey||Diversified|
|Kevin Systrom||37||$1.9 B||U.S.||Technology|
|Fred Ehrsam||32||$1.9 B||U.S.||Finance & Investments|
|Nick Molnar||30||$1.8 B||Australia||Finance & Investments|
|Joachim Ante||38||$1.8 B||Germany||Technology|
|Drew Houston||38||$1.8 B||U.S.||Technology|
|Said Gutseriev||32||$1.7 B||Russia||Energy|
|Ginia Rinehart||34||$1.7 B||Australia||Metals & Mining|
|Hope Welker||35||$1.7 B||Australia||Metals & Mining|
|Bill Liu||38||$1.7 B||China||Technology|
|Peter Szulczewski||39||$1.7 B||Canada||Technology|
|Lisa Draexlmaier||30||$1.6 B||Germany||Automotive|
|Eva Maria Braun-Luedicke||34||$1.6 B||Germany||Healthcare|
|Heikki Herlin||34||$1.6 B||Finland||Manufacturing|
|Ryan Cohen||35||$1.6 B||Canada||Fiannce & Investments|
|Friederike Braun-Luedicke||37||$1.6 B||Germany||Healthcare|
|Wen Yilong||32||$1.5 B||China||Manufacturing|
|Zeng Chaolin||38||$1.5 B||China||Metals & Mining|
|Alexandra Andresen||24||$1.4 B||Norway||Diversified|
|Katharina Andresen||25||$1.4 B||Norway||Diversified|
|Karl Friedrich Braun||38||$1.4 B||Germany||Healthcare|
|Trevor Milton||39||$1.4 B||U.S.||Automotive|
|Ludwig Theodor Braun||31||$1.3 B||Germany||Healthcare|
|Anna Kasprzak||31||$1.3 B||Denmark||Fashion & Retail|
|Whitney Wolfe Herd||31||$1.3 B||U.S.||Technology|
|André Kasprzak||34||$1.3 B||Denmark||Fashion & Retail|
|Hakan Koc||36||$1.2 B||Germany||Automotive|
|Nik Storonsky||36||$1.2 B||UK||Technology|
|Christian Bertermann||37||$1.2 B||Germany||Automotive|
|Ryan Graves||37||$1.2 B||U.S.||Technology|
|Cheng Wei||38||$1.2 B||China||Service|
|Lu Zhilin||38||$1.2 B||China||Manufacturing|
|Sachin Bansal||39||$1.2 B||India||Fashion & Retail|
|Huang Yimeng||39||$1.2 B||China||Media & Entertainment|
|Wang Han||33||$1.1 B||China||Diversified|
|Anne Werninghaus||35||$1.1 B||Brazil||Manufacturing|
|Binny Bansal||38||$1.1 B||India||Technology|
|Sanjit Biswas||39||$1.1 B||U.S.||Technology|
|Vlad Tenev||34||$1.0 B||U.S.||Fiannce & Investments|
|Baiju Bhatt||36||$1.0 B||U.S.||Finance & Investments|
|Hou Jianbin||39||$1.0 B||China||Service|
The U.S. is home to the most millennial billionaires at 33 total, with China coming in second at 23—most other countries fall far behind.
In the U.S., millennial billionaires are often associated with notable tech companies like Snapchat, Airbnb, and Facebook. Others are heirs of massive family fortunes like Lukas Walton—grandson of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart and the original head of America’s richest family.
In China, some millennial billionaires really stand out, like Relx founder, Kate Wang. The 39-year-old started her e-cigarette and vape company only three years ago, at age 36, and is expected to soon be vying for the title of richest woman in China.
Overall, billionaires were up $8 trillion in combined net worth compared to 2020 with around 493 new people added to the list in 2021.
In fact, 86% of all billionaires are richer than a year ago. But let’s look at how wealth changed for the millennials in the billionaires club. Here’s a look at the difference in net worth from 2020 to 2021 for the top five richest millennials:
- Mark Zuckerberg: +$35 Billion
- Zhang Yiming: +$19.4 Billion
- Yang Huiyan: +$9.3 Billion
- Dustin Moskovitz: +$8.5 Billion
- Su Hua: +$14.9 Billion
For each of the top 25 millennial billionaires, net worth either increased or was unchanged (or they were new to the title of billionaire). This is true for all except one person—Lukas Walton, whose net worth decreased by almost $3 billion from 2020 to 2021.
The Average Millennial
While there are around 106 millennial billionaires worldwide, their combined net worth is only a fraction of total billionaire wealth. So how much economic power and influence does this generation really hold?
When looking at the average American millennial’s wealth, the Generational Power Index has determined that this young generation only holds 9.6% of economic power in the U.S. Here’s a quick look at millennial wealth metrics in the U.S.:
- Millennials only make up 7% of American business leaders
- They own $73 billion in equities and mutual fund shares
- They represent 13% of small business leaders
- They make up 7% of American billionaire wealth
Globally, there are an estimated 1.8 billion millennials. Among that cohort, there are just over 100 people worth billions—and given that many are still in the early part of their careers, there is likely to be many millennial billionaires yet to come.
Mapped: The World’s Biggest Private Tax Havens
What countries or territories do the ultra-wealthy use as tax havens?
The World’s Biggest Private Tax Havens
When the world’s ultra-wealthy look for tax havens to shield income and wealth from their domestic governments, where do they turn?
If you’re putting money in offshore bank accounts in order to save on taxes, there are two main criteria you’re looking for: secrecy and accessibility. Based on pop culture and media reports, you might imagine a secretive bank in Switzerland or a tiny island nation in the Caribbean.
And though there is some truth to that logic, the reality is that the world’s biggest tax havens are spread all over the world. Some of them are small nations as expected, but others are major economic powers that might be surprising.
Here are the world’s top 20 tax havens, as ranked by the 2020 Financial Secrecy Index (FSI) by the English NGO Tax Justice Network.
Which Countries are the Biggest Tax Havens?
The FSI ranks countries and territories from all over the world on two criteria: secrecy and scale.
- Secrecy Score: How well the jurisdiction’s banking system can hide money. This includes analysis of ownership registration, legal entity transparency, tax and financial regulations, and cooperation with international standards.
- Global Scale Weight: What is the jurisdiction’s share of the world’s total cross-border financial services? This metric is based primarily on the IMF’s Balance of Payments statistics.
By weighing a country’s ability to hide money by its relative share of offshore financial services, we see the tax havens with the biggest impact on the global economy.
|1||🇰🇾 Cayman Islands||Caribbean|
|2||🇺🇸 United States||North America|
|4||🇭🇰 Hong Kong||East Asia|
|5||🇸🇬 Singapore||Southeast Asia|
|7||🇯🇵 Japan||East Asia|
|9||🇻🇬 British Virgin Islands||Caribbean|
|10||🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates||Middle East|
|12||🇬🇧 United Kingdom||Europe|
|13||🇹🇼 Taiwan||East Asia|
|17||🇹🇭 Thailand||Southeast Asia|
|19||🇨🇦 Canada||North America|
|20||🇶🇦 Qatar||Middle East|
At a glance, the top 20 tax havens are spread out across regions. Just under half of the list is located in Europe, but the rest are spread out across the Americas and Asia.
And the jurisdictions are opposites in many ways. They include financial powerhouses like the U.S., Japan, and the UK as well as smaller nations and territories like the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, and Luxembourg.
But one surprising thing many of them have in common is a link to England. In addition to the UK, four of the top 20 tax havens—Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Guernsey, and Jersey—are British Overseas Territories or Crown Dependencies.
Also worth noting is the importance of scale in the rankings. The highest ranking jurisdictions by secrecy score were actually the Maldives, Angola and Algeria, but they represent less than 0.1% of total offshore financial services.
Best Place To Hide Private Vs. Corporate Tax
Some of the listed tax havens might be confusing to nationals of those countries, but that’s where relativity is important. The U.S. and Canada might not be tax havens for American or Canadian nationals, but the ultra-wealthy from East Asia and the Middle East are reported to utilize them due to holes in foreign tax laws. Likewise, the UAE has reportedly become a tax haven for Africa’s ultra-wealthy.
In addition, many of the countries used as tax havens for individual wealth are also utilized by corporations.
The Tax Justice Network’s 2021 assessment of corporate tax havens listed the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, and Bermuda as the top three tax corporate tax havens.
While individuals might create shell companies in tax havens to hide their wealth, corporations are usually directly incorporated in the tax haven in order to defer taxes.
But the tax haven landscape might soon shift. The G7 struck a deal in June 2021 to start taxing multinational corporations based on the revenue generated in each country (instead of where the company is based), as well as setting a global minimum tax of 15%. In total, a group of 130 countries have agreed to the deal, including India, China, the UK, and the Cayman Islands.
As the campaign to bring back deferred taxes ramps up, the question becomes one of response. Will the ultra-wealthy individuals and corporations start to work in tandem with the new rules, or discover new workarounds and tax havens?
Ranked: The Richest Veterans in America
There are over 18 million living veterans in the U.S., but how many are ultra wealthy? This visual ranks the richest veterans in America.
Ranked: The Richest Veterans in America
The U.S is home to 724 billionaires, many of whom have taken on immense risks in the financial world. 16 of these wealthy individuals have also taken on the risks that come with serving in the U.S. military.
These veteran billionaires are worth a collective $81.4 billion and have served in posts ranging from Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) to infantrymen in the Second World War. This visual, using data from Forbes, ranks the richest living American veterans.
This visual categorizes the individuals by either the military branch or war served in depending on what was applicable or determinable.
I Want You for the U.S. Army
According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, there are around 18 million veterans in the U.S. Of these 18 million, less than 0.01% can claim the title of billionaire.
|Name||Net Worth (Billions, USD)||Industry||War / Unit Served|
|Donald Bren||$15.3||Real Estate||Marine Corps|
|Edward Johnson III||$10.3||Finance & Investments||Army|
|Ralph Lauren||$7.1||Fashion & Retail||Army|
|Richard Kinder||$7.0||Energy||Vietnam War|
|Charles Dolan & family||$6.1||Media & Entertainment||WWII, Airforce|
|Fred Smith||$5.7||Logistics||Vietnam War, Marine Corps|
|Charles B. Johnson||$4.9||Finance & Investments||Army|
|Ted Lerner & family||$4.8||Real Estate||WWII|
|Julian Robertson Jr.||$4.5||Finance & Investments||Navy|
|John Paul DeJoria||$2.7||Fashion & Retail||Navy|
|H. Ross Perot Jr.||$2.7||Real Estate||Airforce|
|Bob Parsons||$2.2||Technology||Vietnam War, Marine Corps|
|David H. Murdock||$2.1||Food & Beverage||WWII|
|S. Daniel Abraham||$2.0||Food & Beverage||WWII, Army|
|Charlie Munger||$2.0||Finance & Investments||WWII, Army Air Corps|
|George Joseph||$2.0||Finance & Investments||WWII|
Six of the above veteran billionaires served in WWII. They are some of the last surviving veterans of the historic war which was fought by 16 million Americans—today, only around 325,000 WWII veterans are still alive.
George Joseph, of Mercury Insurance Group, piloted a B17 Bomber plane in WWII, and completed around 50 missions. Warren Buffett’s business partner at Berkshire Hathaway, Charlie Munger, served in the Army Air Corps in the early 1940s.
Richard Kinder (Kinder Morgan Inc.), Fred Smith (FedEx), and H. Ross Perot Jr. (Hillwood Investment Properties) each served in the Vietnam war.
One notable figure, Ralph Lauren, whose name is synonymous with his clothing products, served in the Army branch for two years in the early 1960s.
Taking on Financial Risk
Billionaire wealth continues to grow in America. Most of these veteran billionaires saw their net worths increase from 2020 to 2021, as, typically, wealth begets wealth. Here’s a look at the changes in net worth of the top five richest veterans who experienced increases:
- Edward Johnson III: +$4.9 Billion
- Ralph Lauren: +$1.4 Billion
- Richard Kinder: +$1.8 Billion
- Charles Dolan & Family: +$1.5 Billion
- Fred Smith: +$3.0 Billion
The majority of these veteran billionaires are in the finance industry and some are tied to well-known companies, but they didn’t always have billions on hand to help them exponentially grow their fortunes.
David Murdock was a high school dropout, and after serving in WWII, had no money to his name. He took over a failing company called Dole, and eventually gained the moniker of ‘pineapple king’ after reviving the business.
S. Daniel Abraham, who was an infantryman in WWII, went on to found Thompson Medical. Their main product was Slimfast, which he later sold to Unilever for $2.3 billion in cash in the early 2000s.
Bob Parsons, who received a Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam, started out his professional career as a CPA. He later founded the enormous domain giant, Go Daddy. He has claimed that his time in the military helped him succeed in business.
Peace and Prosperity
We currently live in one of the most peaceful and prosperous times in history, with wars like WWII feeling to many like a story from the past — but for others these conflicts were defining moments for their generation.
While many veterans struggle to readjust to civilian life, on average pre-9/11 veterans have reported fewer difficulties compared to post-9/11 veterans, and some have even managed to reach the highest levels of financial success.
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