Lydia Ko – 16 year old Lydia Ko is a New Zealand professional golfer. Born Bo-Gyung Ko in Seoul, South Korea, she had been the top-ranked woman amateur golfer in the world for 130 weeks when she announced she was turning professional on 23 October 2013. Twitter – 8K Followers
Nick D’Aloisio – This 18 year old entrepreneur is a British-born Australian computer programmer who created Summly which is a summarization, artificial intelligence technology developed with SRI International. Hehas been recognized as the youngest person to receive a round of venture capital in technology at just 15 years of age. As of March 2013, Summly was sold to Yahoo for a reported $30 million US dollars making him one of the youngest self-made millionaires ever. Twitter – 12K Followers
Missy Franklin – 18 year old Pasendena, CA native Missy Franklin is a competition swimmer and four-time Olympic gold medalist. She currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and American records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. Twitter – 369K Followers
Kendall & Kylie Jenner – These sisters (18 & 16) need no introduction. They are the daughters of Olympian Bruce Jenner and “Momager” Kris Jenner (also younger sisters to the Kardashians). In addition to their reality stardom, Kendall & Kylie are models and brand ambassadors for Seventeen. Kendall Twitter – 6.4MM Followers. Kylie Twitter – 5MM Followers
Dante de Blasio – Back in August, the 15-year-old son of mayor-elect Bill de Blasio appeared in a now famous campaign ad in which he spoke against stop and frisk and the Bloomberg administration. The ad breathed new life into de Blasio’s campaign, and thrust Dante, and his hairdo, into the national spotlight. Dante’s afro even garnered the praise and envy of President Obama.
Malala Yousafzai – 16 year old Malala is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora . She is known for her activism for rights to education and for women, especially in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls.
Kiernan Shipka – “Kiki” is a 14 year old American child actress noted for playing Don and Betty Draper’s daughter Sally on the AMC series Mad Men. Shipka’s hobbies include golf and cooking. Twitter – 12K Followers
Ionut Budisteanu – this 19 year old recently won first place at the International Science and Engineering Fair — including a $75,000 scholarship — for building a different kind of car than most teenagers are used to driving. The high school student from Romania invented a self-driving car that is far less expensive than other models that are already in the works. Budisteanu decided to use artificial intelligence in order to decrease the overall cost of technology in self-driving cars.
Malia Obama – 15 year old Malia lives a high profile life as the oldest daughter of President Barack Obama. President Obama has credited his stance on gay marriage to his daughters.
Maya Van Wagenen – The 15-year-old author rose to fame for keeping a diary in her quest to become popular, following antiquated tips from the 1950s self-help book, Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide for Teens. Her musings landed her a six-figure Penguin book deal for, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, last month DreamWorks optioned the rights for the novel, making the budding author the “youngest non-actor to ever make a deal” at the film studio. Twitter – 228 Followers
Justin Beiber – The Canadian-born pop star has become an industry to himself, valued by Forbes at $58 million. He released his first single at age 15, and in 2010, he became the youngest solo male artist to hit #1 on Billboards Hot 100, with My World 2.0, since Stevie Wonder. Twitter – 47MM Followers
Beth Reekles – The Welsh high school student was looking for something to read other than stories about vampires and werewolves when she decided to write her own teen fiction book. The then-15-year-old used story-sharing site Wattpad to release her novel, The Kissing Booth, which earned more than 19 million views and caught the attention of Random House Children’s Publishers U.K. The author, now 17, scored a three-book deal with the U.S. arm of Random House and has since appeared on the Today show. Twitter – 3K Followers