9 CEOs Who Started Companies as Kids

Tony Hsieh, Zappos.com
Jake Chessum
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Tony Hsieh, Zappos.com

Long before he became the CEO of Zappos.com, Hsieh made $100 each month selling photo-buttons by mail. Customers would send him photos and self-addressed envelopes and a 12-year-old Hsieh would transform them into buttons that people could pin on clothing, hats, and backpacks. That early success made him confident as an entrepreneur. Today, people can’t stop ordering their shoes from Zappos.com; the company booked $1 billion in gross sales in 2008.