5 Young CEOs Under The Age OF 20 In America

We are in the new fast paced-age and with help of technology, younger generation are moving, thinking and making life changing decisions at a very faster pace.

The word “CEO” is mostly categorized for adults ( people above 25) simply because the position usually requires an adult or someone with vast experience and managerial skills.

However, it will come as a surprise to you that in this new century, teenagers are now capable of great innovations, ideas that can rule the world. With the privilege of growing up with advanced technology, much of our youth can now actualize the full potential of their talent as early as possible.

On this list are few teenagers who have made the word “young CEO” sound really young. These kids established their ideas and commercialize it quickly.

Check out our young CEOs.

Cory Nieves


Cory, like all other ten year old, loves cookies. So much so, that he has built his life around it. After deciding (at age five) to find a way to buy his mother a car, Cory began selling hot cocoa and lemonade. After seeing his drive, Cory’s mother suggested he expand the business and begin saving for college. Once cookies came into the mix, everything changed. Not only were his cookies popular, but Cory had the brilliant idea to create an all-natural chocolate chip cookie that people would love. It worked. Today, his business features nine different cookies, and Cory says he is looking to break into the Kosher and nut-free markets in the near future.

Thomas Suarez

thomas Suarez

At just 12 years old, Thomas Suarez had generated enough buzz to land himself a spot on TED Talks, where he discussed his role as an app developer. His interest in technology led him to teach himself the basics such as Python and Java. From there, he created Earth Fortune, and convinced his parents to pay the fee to get it in the app store. From there, his passion only grew, and he launched an App Club at his school to teach other like-minded students the tricks of the trade. Today, he owns CarrotCorp, an app development company which is also presently seeking to revolutionize the art of 3D

Robert Nay

Paul Fraughton | The Salt Lake Tribune Robert Nay , a Spanish Fork Jr. High School student, shows off the game he created for the I Phone. The game, called Bubble Ball, is the top downloaded game . Thursday,January 20, 2011
Paul Fraughton | The Salt Lake Tribune Robert Nay , a Spanish Fork Jr. High School student, shows off the game he created for the I Phone. The game, called Bubble Ball, is the top downloaded game . Thursday,January 20, 2011

Ever heard of Bubble Ball? The game app was downloaded over two million times, within two weeks of its launch, knocking Angry Birds from its top position in the free app store – and it was developed by a 14 year old first time developer. He is now running the development company, Nay Games. As of May, Bubble Ball had an additional 15 levels created, for a grand total of 90. They have also developed an educational game, Sight Words and Spelling Practice, designed to help children learn to read in a fun and interactive way.

Leanna Archer

Leanna Archer

At only 17 years old, this teen CEO has the honour of being the youngest to ever open the NASDAQ. She was nine when she decided to use her grandmother’s recipe to create a specialty all-natural hair product line, and by 15, she was bringing in over $100,000 in revenues each year. Best of all, she uses her position of power for good. She is an inspiration to youth everywhere, and acts as a motivational speaker and has spoken at conferences, as well as the 2009 NAACP Youth workshop. Leanna is also a philanthropist and is working towards the goal of opening safe schools in Haiti.


Sarkis Johnson

Sarkis Johnson

Sarkis recognized his passion for skateboarding at a young age and by 12 years old, he started to dream big. With the support of his parents, he began Liquid Chicken, a skateboard shop that sells decks, custom grip, apparel and coaching services for beginners. Right now, he’s doing it out of his own bedroom, but he hopes to one day become one of the biggest skate-shop owners in the

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Daniel Enisan is a content writer at edliner.com. With a degree in mass communication, Daniel is a full breed journalist. Daniel is a realist, loves the use of sarcasm, a movie and music junkie. He is also a poet and a good listener.

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