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10 Most Valuable Startups Launched By Students [Infographic]

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Creative Minds, Student Startups

Successful Startup

Students are known to be very resourceful in terms of their creative minds. There are many great ideas which have been generated by college students and managed to turn out as successful. Some of the students even ended up dropping out of college in order to make their ideas a reality. That tells you that if you have a valuable idea, do not shy off from executing the idea because you might just turn out to be the next Bill Gates or the next Mark Zuckerberg.

There are a good number of world class enterprises which have been started by college student. This infographic will take you through the most successful and valuable startups that have been launched by student. Form their humble student quarters, the students in this infographic managed to create something that the entire world is able to relate to. Their inventions have been identified to be very influential and popular among users across the world. The best part is that they were also able to create some of the most profitable startups in the planet.

The infographic identifies the startup together with its founder, their net worth, the institution they were in during time of their invention, the year the company was formed, the enterprise value and the market capitalization. From the infographic, Microsoft's Bill Gates and Paul Allen tops the list of the most valuable startups launched by students. The company was founded in 1975 and currents boasts of having a total company's value of $281.27 billion and a market capitalization of $342.51 billion. The two were both students at Harvard University.

If you are looking to launch a startup business while still in college, you can borrow a leaf from this 10 successful entrepreneurs who did not stop at anything until when they realized their dreams.

10 Most Valuable Startups Launched By Students [Infographic]

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Are you dreaming of launching your own startup, but you are still a college student? Get inspired by the following infographic, which tells about the greatest and the most valuable businesses that were launched by students.

Enterprise Value is a measure of a company's total value.

The Market Capitalization (Cap) of a company is total dollar market value of all of a company's outstanding shares.



Names: Bill Gates and Paul Allen

Education: Harvard University

Net Worth: $79.3 billion / $17.5 billion


Founded: 1975

Revenue: $93.46 billion

Enterprise Value: $281.27 billion

Market Cap: $342.51 billion




Name: Mark Zuckerberg

Education: Harvard University

Net Worth: $34.8 billion


Founded: 2004

Revenue: $12.47 billion

Enterprise Value: $211.16 billion

Market Cap: $222.1 billion




Names: Jerry Yang and David Filo

Education: Stanford University

Net Worth: $2 billion / $3.3 billion


Founded: 1995

Revenue: $4.62 billion

Enterprise Value: $34.21 billion

Market Cap: $40.94 billion




Names: Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian

Education: University of Virginia

Net Worth: $4 million / $4 million


Founded: 2005

Users: 174 million

Enterprise Value: $240 million

Users' Countries: 186



Name: Matt Mullenweg

Education: University of Houston

Net Worth: $40 million


Founded: 2003

Enterprise Value: $1.16 billion *Enterprise Value of Automattic - WordPress creator

48% of TOP 100 blogs use WordPress: CNN, Mashable, The New York Times, Ebay, etc.





Names: Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Education: Stanford University

Net Worth: $30.2 billion / $29.7 billion


Founded: 1998

Revenue: $66.00 billion

Enterprise Value: $326.19 billion

Market Cap: $380.81 billion





Names: Briton Hadden and Henry Luce

Lifetime: 1898-1929 / 1898-1967

Education: Yale University


Founded: 1923

Circulation: 3,289,377

Enterprise Value: $3.34 billion

Market Cap: $2.49 billion




Name: Shawn Fanning

Education: Northeastern University

Net Worth: $7.5 million


Founded: 1999

Revenue: $156.21 million*

Enterprise Value: $78.38 million*

Market Cap: $256.32 million*


*Statistics about RNWK - the owner of Napster



Name: Michael Dell

Education: University of Texas

Net Worth: $18.8 billion


Founded: 1984

Revenue: $57.2 billion

Enterprise Value: $22.2 billion

Market Cap: $24.4 billion





Names: Bo Peabody and Brett Hershey

Education: Williams College

Net Worth: $10 million *Bo Peabody


Founded: 1992

Revenue: $30 million

Enterprise Value: $17.45 billion**

Market Cap: $16.31 billion**

**Statistics about Lycos - the owner of Tripod



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