Perhaps there is something to be said for the vast opportunities the world wide web has opened up for the ingenious entrepreneurs, and many more that walk in their footsteps.
Here is Forbes list of youngest billionaires:
1. Dustin Moskovitz, 26 (Facebook): $1.4 billion
Facebook's first chief technology officer, he left in 2008 to start Asana, a software company that allows individuals and small companies to better collaborate. His entire fortune comes from his 6 percent stake in Facebook.
2. Mark Zuckerberg, 26 (Facebook): $6.9 billion
The Harvard dropout and Facebook CEO was the biggest percentage gainer on this year's Forbes 400 list. Last month he agreed to donate $100 million to Newark's troubled schools.
3. Scott Duncan, 27 (pipelines): $3.1 billion
4. Eduardo Saverin, 28 (Facebook): $1.15 billion
Brazilian-born Saverin cofounded Facebook with Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg and for a brief time had a one-third stake. When Zuckerberg quit school to relocate to California, Saverin stayed behind to graduate. A year later Facebook sued him; he countersued. The parties settled with Saverin apparently getting a 5 percent stake and cofounder bio on Facebook's site.
5. John Arnold, 36 (hedge funds): $3.3 billion
The former Enron oil trader founded hedge fund Centaurus after the energy outfit famously collapsed. His fund now has $5 billion under management, and he and his wife Laura recently pledged half of their wealth to the Gates-Buffet challenge.
6. Sergey Brin, 37 (Google): $15 billion
Emigrated from Russia at age 6; his mother was a research scientist at NASA. He met Larry Page in computer science Ph.D. program at Stanford and dropped out in 1998 to start Google.
7. Larry Page, 37 (Google): $15 billion
The Google cofounder dropped out of his Stanford Ph.D. program in 1998 to start the search engine.