1. Evan of EvanTubeHD
Building a million-dollar empire on YouTube doesn't happen overnight--in fact, it's taken this 9-year-old nearly half his life. A YouTube sensation, Evan posted his first video in 2011 and today has more than two million subscribers on his EvanTubeHD channel.
2. Henry Patterson of Not Before Tea
Confectioner, author, and creator of a children's lifestyle brand, Henry Patterson is an 11-year-old U.K. boy who got his start selling horse manure at age 5--and now rakes in a reported £65,000 (equivalent to $98,000-plus) annually.
Not just an entrepreneur, Patterson runs an eco-conscious business. Not Before Tea says on its website that it uses "organic fabric and avoids plastics where possible and we use FCS accredited paper from sustainable sources for our printing and cards."
3. Gabrielle Jordan of Jewelz of Jordan
"When I reflect back on my life, I want it to be filled with big dreams, big actions, and big accomplishments, and that's what I want for others," says Gabrielle Jordan.
For this 15-year-old, starting her jewelry business--Jewelz of Jordan--at the age of 9 was just the beginning.
With all these accomplishments under her belt at this young age, and career goals that include becoming a gemologist, New York Times bestselling author, and philanthropist, Jordan is definitely one to watch.
4. Moziah Bridges of Mo's Bows
Earlier this year, I wrote about Moziah Bridges, the 12-year-old who ran a $150,000 retail business--Mo's Bows--a company that sells handcrafted bow ties.
Mo started his business when he was just 9 years old, writing on his website that he "couldn't find fun and cool bow ties, so one day I decided to use my Granny's scrap fabric to make and sell my own."
Seven months after Bridges was featured on Shark Tank, he reported that his business went from $55,000 in sales to nearly $200,000. He also recently partnered with Daymond John, founder of fashion line FUBU, to ramp up his manufacturing.
5. Ahmed Mohamed, aka "Clock Boy"
Controversially arrested after bringing a homemade clock--initially suspected to be a bomb--to his school, Ahmed Mohamed has since gained the attention of the national media, been invited to the White House, and has now accepted a scholarship from the Qatar Foundation to join its Young Innovators Program, which will take him through high school and college in Qatar.
With the support of the public, this 14-year-old is on his way to pursue his many aspirations--some of which are to become an engineer and work on NASA projects for humans to reach Mars.
In an age where the right idea at the right time with the right exposure can change lives forever, these kid entrepreneurs have created their future off the beaten path.