If you needed another reason to feel bad about yourself today — other than the fact that it’s Monday — take a look at Forbes’s list of the billionaires of 2015. You might notice the fact that a whopping 46 of them are under 40 years old. That’s right. Forty-year-old billionaires: young enough to actually enjoy the money and not have to worry about their snotty heirs tampering with their colostomy bags, old enough to not waste it all on solid gold jet skis.
Even crazier? Three of them are under THIRTY. This year, the infamous Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, 24, and fellow cofounder Bobby Murphy, 25, join the list, thanks to their estimated combined 30 percent stake in the company, which is valued at $10 billion. They are joined by Julio Mario Santo Domingo III, heir to the Santo Domingo Fortune, which is mostly in beer, and part-time DJ in New York City — so, pretty much, a walking cliché, maybe?
The wealthiest member of this under 40 club is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who first debuted on the list as a 23-year-old. Today, at age 30, he tops the list of young billionaires with a net worth of $33.4 billion, which also makes him the sixteenth richest person in the world overall. This is the first time “The Zuck” has cracked the top 20. Zuckerberg is not the only person from the social networking juggernaut on the under 40 list: Dustin Moskovitz and Sean Parker are there as well, the latter continuing to prove that even cooler than a million dollars is a billion dollars.
Also on the list are Uber’s Travis Kalanick, Ryan Graves, and Garrett Camp, who allegedly made their fortune on fare surges. Airbnb’s Nathan Blecharczyk and Brian Chesky are also on the list, as is blood test developer Elizabeth Holmes, who is one of nine women on the under 40 list.
And while not on the under 40 list, big ups to the GOAT, His Airness Michael Jordan, for making it onto the Forbes Billionaire List for the first time. CNN Money credits that success to his stake in the Charlotte Hornets, thanks to the soaring valuation of NBA teams after Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer bought the Clippers for $2 billion, but I’m convinced that it must have something to do with “Space Jam” residuals. Or at least one can dream..