Being a kid gives us the privilege of dreaming wild and big. This is the stage where we create images of who we want to be, what we have, and where we are in the future. As we grew old, we remind ourselves of those dreams and one by one, achieving it. And I assume, this woman who will be featured in this article is dreaming to be a billionaire when she was young.
Meet the youngest billionaire in Australia. She is Melanie Perkins, a Filipina-Aussie who was hailed as a billionaire at the age of 32. In 2014, Melanie and co-owner founded their graphic design and publishing tool named “Canva.” She started the company when she was 22. With her partner, they created a platform for designing e-books. The company is owned by her, her fiancé Cliff Obrecht and their friend, Cameron Adams. Every month, there are more than 50,000 schools, and over 15 million people used their platform.
While the pandemic greatly affected many companies that lead to bankruptcy, Canva didn’t feel that at all. While the Covid-19 spreads all over the world and people are forced to stay at home, many people use Canva. The number of people using the platform doubled and now reaches over 30 million users. Most of them create designs, collaborating on presentations, and others engaged in making social media content.
Canva’s value doubled this year that rises up to $6 billion during the pandemic and making the worth of $2.5 billion. As a result, Melanie earned the third spot on the list of richest women in Australia and hailed as the youngest billionaire. She is on the 82nd spot on the Australian’s richest 250 lists with a net worth of $1.32 billion. Melanie advised the soon-to-be entrepreneurs.
“I think that’s the most important thing because once you find a problem you want to solve passionately, there’s gonna be so many barriers — every single barrier you can possibly imagine. I think that once you get a crystal clear picture of the problem you want to solve, that’s sort of step one.”
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