Mark Zuckerberg Turns 30 Today. Here Are Some Other People Who’ll Give You Age-Anxiety

Our list of over-achievers that make us feel slightly paranoid...


by Emma Gannon |
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Mark Zuckerberg officially waves goodbye to his twenties today, which for most people tends to mean a reality check of asking, 'What have I achieved so far?' and 'Am I proud of where I am in life?' Zuck doesn’t have much to worry about, however, being the youngest self-made millionaire ever from launching a little thing called Facebook in 2004. Mark was barely out of his spotty teen yeans when he founded and launched what was to be the biggest social network in the world (maybe we should all watch The Social Network tonight in his honour). As happy for him as we are, we also find that these sorts of over-achievers give us extreme age-anxiety. Here are a few more for you to peruse and have mixed feelings of inspiration and extreme jealousy…

Tavi Gevinson, 18

Last week was Tavi’s last day of high school. Getting through school and passing exams (especially the adolescent dramas of secondary school), is an achievement in itself but, in Tavi’s spare time, alongside being a normal teenage kid, she launched two amazing websites (first Style Rookie and then Rookie mag), published her own magazine, built her own company, employed her own staff, starred in a Hollywood film, delivered an emotional Ted Talkand interviewed Miley Cyrus. I can’t remember what I was doing at 18, but I’m pretty sure it involved mainly lying horizontal in my bed.

Bruno Mars, 28

What Bruno lacks in height he certainly makes up in musical achievements. In his career, only spanning a short four years so far, he has won two Grammy Awards and sold over 10 millions albums. Four of his singles are counted among the best-selling singles of all time and has landed five number one singles on the Billbord Hot 100. So far, he has been noted as having the fastest-growing success in history since Elvis Presley. Not bad for a 28 year old.

Peter Cashmore, 28

Pete launched Mashable back in 2005 aged 19. It’s now one of the biggest, most-respected technology websites in the world with over 4 million followers on Twitter. He has graced the lists such as Inc's '30 Under 30', Forbes' 'Top 25 Web Celebs' and The Huffington Post's 'Top 10 Game Changers 2009'. He writes a weekly column on technology and social media at CNN. He also looks very nice with a beard.

Jennifer Lawrence, 23

Anyone that was born in the '90s is obviously really young (is it just me who still thinks that was only ten years ago?). J-Law has really done quite a lot since landing her first on-screen role on TV sitcom The Bill Engvall Show in 2007. At the tender age of 22, J-Law scooped up a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her performance alongside heart-throb Bradley Cooper in Si_lver Linings Playbook_. She is also a constant source of meme entertainment, and if that wasn’t enough, she will always be the heroic Katniss Everdeen in our hearts. She's also dating Nicholas Hoult, and possibly gives him a little bit of age anxiety too – at 24 he's a year older and has *zero *Oscars.

Ryan Holiday, 26

Ryan is 26 and currently the director of marketing at American Apparel (which he has been since the age of 21!). To lead the marketing account of one of the biggest brands in America is one thing, but he’s also an incredibly smart writer too. He has already written a book called Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, which was on the Wall Street Journal’s best-sellers list. This guy makes us feel lazy.

Sophia Amoruso, 30

At 22, Sophia launched Nasty Gal Vintage which has now, eight hard-working years later, has an extremely popular clothing line called Nasty Gal and a best-selling book called*#GIRLBOSS*. It’s safe to say that this girl is leading a modern-day movement. She’s also pals with Lena Dunham, who is only 28 and wrote, produced and starred in the mega smash-hit HBO series *GIRLS – *so these two together make us feel like total under-achievers. We feel sorry for the people at their high-school reunions.

Evan Spiegel, 23

Evan founded the life-altering Snapchat application (well, it's changed the face of our drunken conversations forever) with his pal Robert Murphy, and he's currently the CEO of the company. His net-worth is currently a cool £210 million. He’s also recently rumoured to have turned down some acquisition offers from Facebook. He’s doing alright really.

** Emma Watson, 24**

Where do we start with the dazzling Emma? She's part of the fabric of our childhoods, appearing on screen as Hermoine Granger since she was nine years old. But there's much more to her than wizadry. She has since starred in six blockbuster films and graced countless glossy magazine covers, becoming quite the style icon. She is also a brainbox, having attended both Oxford and Brown universities. No doubt she has a LOT more ahead of her. And we can't wait to see it.

Follow Emma on Twitter @Girllostincity

This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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