What lengths would you take to turn a good idea into a multi-million-dollar moneymaker? These young women took their brilliant ideas and ran with it. It didn’t always work out for them in the beginning, but through perseverance and faith, these women created lucrative businesses all before the age of 30. From a 15-year-old self-made millionaire to an MIT undergrad who is a successful game developer, these awesome lady bosses will make you want to get to work!
Seema Bansal, 26
Seema Bansal used up all her savings and moved to New York City, where she started the foundation for Venus ET Fleur in 2015. Two years later at 26 years old, Bansal’s business was grossing $7.5 million in sales.
That number is a growth of 226% since the previous year, according to Inc., and Bansal already has plans to expand to Los Angeles. Venus ET Fleur is an e-commerce business that specializes in custom rose arrangments that can last for up to a year thanks to a unique wax-based solution. Co-founded with Bansal’s fiancé, Venus ET Fleur has quickly become a favorite among many celebrities, including the Kardashians.
Beatrice Fischel-Bock, 26
Beatrice Fischel-Bock was in her final year at George Washington University in 2012 when she already earned her first million dollars. This was when she launched Hutch, an app that lets you snap a photo of your home, virtually redecorate it, then shop the look all in the app.
Shortly after graduating, Fischel-Bock pitched her idea on Shark Tank where she raised over $2 million in pre-seed funding. Since then, the 26-year-old has seen her business continue to grow and makes a conscious effort to hire more women. According to Forbes, the Hutch team is awesomely split 50/50 gender-wise, which isn’t common for tech companies. Also uncommon for tech: a female developer who’s made nine games with millions of downloads by the time she was 20!
Ali Kreigsman, 26
26-year-old Ali Kriegsman, co-founder of Bulletin, knows a thing or two about perseverance. It’s her story about trying, failing, and trying again that enabled her and co-founder Alana Branston to raise over $2 million in venture capitalist funding.
Bulletin is like a co-working space for retailers. They charge brands as much as $2,000 a month to have their products sold in their Manhattan storefronts. Kriegsman and Branston curate the brands they work with, looking for small vendors through Instagram. Aside from the cost of space in Bulletin, the girls also collect 30% of sales from their stores.
Jenny Xu, 20
Jenny Xu may not be making millions of dollars (yet), but the 20-year-old MIT undergraduate is already a rising star in the video game industry. The young student has developed and published nine mobile games that have been downloaded over 3.5 million times.
As a teen, Xu began developing games from start to finish — and she does everything herself. Stemming from her previous desire to become an artist, Xu started out drawing characters before learning basic lines of code to add animations. Her passion for game developing has taken off and she has already interned with EA and Sony PlayStation.
Alexis Irene, 23
Becoming a model at 14, a professionally-signed makeup artist by 16 (the youngest at the time), and by age 17, Macy’s Corporation’s youngest Cosmetic Manager ever in a top performing store, Alexis Irene was already accomplished in the beauty world.
But nothing tops founding a successful manicure company by the age of 23. Alexis Irene is the founder of Static Nails, an at-home nail kit that earned $500,000 in sales within its first six months. Since then, Irene’s business has continued to grow and she’s even partnered with big names like Sephora and HSN (Home Shopping Network) to sell her product.
Sarah Ahmed, 28
28-year-old Sarah Ahmed is the founder of Warp + Weft, a premium denim company that makes its own fabrics and creates affordable denim with inclusive sizes. Within its first year, Warp + Weft earned more than $2.5 million in revenue.
Ahmed was no stranger to the denim business. Her family founded the Pakistani-based luxury jeans brand DL1961. But the Parsons graduate recognized that denim is universal and that it should be accessible to everyone. That’s why Warp + Weft jeans are made with fabrics that conform to your body and come in plus and petite styles — all for less than $100.
Kelly Peeler, 29
Kelly Peeler was working on Wall Street when she realized how predatory the student loan market was for 18-year-olds who were entering the system for the first time. She left Wall Street to start NextGenVest, a 24/7 financial advice company, and she is just 29 years old.
Geared towards Generation Z, teens who are just entering college age around 2018, NextGenVest earns their trust by speaking to them in their own language with emojis and gifs. By the end of 2017, Peeler has saved her customers more than $39 million by gaining access to the $2.7 billion in annual unclaimed financial aid.
Karlie Kloss, 25
Karlie Kloss was only 14 when she was discovered at a charity fashion show and went on to become a 36-time Vogue cover girl. But Kloss hasn’t even reached 30 yet and has already taken her interests off the catwalk.
In 2017, Kloss gained recognition for founding Kode With Klossy, a non-profit that teaches young women to code through summer camps and scholarships. The lack of women in STEM professions is what inspired Kloss to start her non-profit. She funded much of Kode With Klossy from her own money but has since found sponsors and adjusted her modeling contracts to contribute to the program.
Maddie Bradshaw, 15
Maddie Bradshaw was a millionaire by the time she was 15 years old, and it was all from selling recycled and repurposed bottle caps. Bradshaw was only ten years old when she made her first “Snap Caps,” interchangeable magnetic bottle cap necklaces.
Interest in the product from friends encouraged her to expand into a full-blown business, M3 Girl Designs, with the help of her mom and little sister. Within five years M3 Girl Designs was making up to $6 million in sales, and Bradshaw’s products were sold in thousands of stores including Nordstrom and Amazon. As of 2018, however, M3 Girls Designs has died out after some trademark lawsuits.
Juliette Brindak, 16
Juliette Brindak was only 16 when she launched a social networking site for her little sister and her friends. Miss O and Friends was started in 2005 and it is a safe website for young girls to communicate and play games.
Inspired by a drawing that Brindak made when she was ten years old, she utilized the graphic design skill of her mom and the business savvy of her dad to launch the site. By 2008, Procter & Gamble invested in the site and made it worth $15 million! The site continues to thrive to this day and Brindak went on to executive produce a YouTube series called Hyperlinked based on her experiences.