9 CEOs Who Started Companies as Kids

Michael Alter, SurePayroll
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Michael Alter, SurePayroll

Before he helped small companies keep track of the money they pay their employees, Michael Alter, president of SurePayroll, based in Skokie, Illinois, had to get through college. At 15, Alter started saving up by becoming a wedding, bar mitzvah, and special-events photographer. By 17, the company had taken off and he had enough money in the bank to pay his own way through Northwestern University that fall.