It’s all well and good saying that you’re inspired by the likes of Steve Jobs but very few people actually do anything about following in the footsteps of their inspiration. Christian Owens, however, has done exactly that – he set up his first website at the age of 14 and has since gone on to become a millionnaire despite the fact that he’s still only aged 16. He’s clearly got the drive and determination as well as the vision to ensure it happens, but how has he made his money?
Using his pocket money at the time, Christian established the website Mac Box Bundle just two years ago in 2008. The website sells applications for the Mac and in the two years since then the website has gone on to bring in an astonishing £700,000 – now that’s a better return than the average paper round; even if you include Christmas tips.
Last year it was time for the juvenile entrepreneur to branch out and that’s exactly what he did setting up the pay-per-click company Branchr. He worked on the site in the evenings and at weekends. To say the site was popular would be a massive under statement, a bit like saying Steve Jobs has got a bit of cash tucked away. It has made £500,000 since its lanch one year ago and means that Owens has become a millionnaire long before he’s even old enough to go out and celebrate the fact.
Christian comes from Corby in Northamptonshire and says that it was seeing Steve Jobs take his company to global success that led him to become such a success. He’s not ready to retire yet though and has said that he won’t leave Branchr until it has made him £100m.
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