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1996 Inc. 500 #45
At an age when he should have been out buying wheels, Stephan Wieck was cutting deals. At 16 he started a fantasy role-playing magazine with his older brother and two friends. The four made a pact in pencil: their respective ownership stakes would be based on the level of work each did. When the two friends bowed out, they gave up their equity stakes, as Wieck did when he went to college. But Wieck later returned, and he now serves as CEO. The 26-year-old holds no equity, but he insists he's not being taken advantage of by his big brother. "My life goals don't necessarily revolve around making huge sums of money," he says.