9 CEOs Who Started Companies as Kids

 Aaron Kennedy, Noodles & Co.
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Aaron Kennedy, Noodles & Co.

When he was eight-years-old, Aaron Kennedy started two seasonal businesses in Elburn, Illinois – selling greeting cards in the fall, and selling vegetable-seed packets door-to-door in the spring. "I sold to anybody I could get to on my bicycle," Kennedy says. To better understand the customers’ needs, he planted seeds and tended to a garden in his own backyard. Today, he runs Noodles & Company, a 12-state franchise of restaurants that grossed more than $200 million in revenue last year.