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Teen Celeb Entreprenuers

A recent Forbes article lists 14 teenage entrepreneurs, (who to be fair are all drawn from the world of entertainment rather than business). They are all super-rich and multi-talented, and most got their big break on TV.
They include:

  • David Archuleta, 18, came second on American Idol 08 and campaigns with the dosomething.org
  • Jordin Sparks, 19, won a plus-size modelling competition, and a year later was the youngest person to win American Idol.
  • Shwan Johnson, 17, a US gymnast who won gold and silver at the Bejing Olympics and went on to be the youngest person to win ABC’s Dancing With the Stars
  • Hayden Panettiere, 19, has been acting since she was tiny and landed a role in NBC’s Heroes when she was 17. She voiced Dot in Pixar’s A Bug’s Life and also found time to travel to Japan to protest against whale hunting.

Although, to the untrained eye it might seem that they burst out of nowhere (or at least American Idol) they seem to prove Malcolm Gladwell’s assertion in Outliers: The Story of Success that it takes 10,000 of practice to become successful at something – all of the featured teens have been working hard for many, many years. Could be a good celeb/science tie-in programme to be done about success for the BBC3/MTV audience.

Hat tip to threebillion.com


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