9 powerful CEOs 40 or younger

James Bond was a celluloid sensation before they were even born, but these execs have already risen to the heights of corporate power.

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Feb 26, 2013 10:08AM

I remember an America when people actually hoped/dreamed/worked to become successful one day...an America where people looked up to successful people....what have we become??? I read some of these comments on here and people believe that corps and rich people pay no taxes, people believe America is this corrupt place that only a few can make it in, people believe that govt should take other peoples $$$ who work harder and give it to those who don’t, people believe business owners OWE their employees’ Health Care and the right to work from home....geeze if I felt that way there is no way I could get up in the morning and do what i do....this anti-capitalist attitude the American public has will be the end of the standard of living we have become accustom to. I cannot believe how the American people have handed over their lives to a bunch of politicians...very sad to see this happen to this great nation.

Mar 5, 2013 3:18PM
What happened to the courses you could take in High school to learn a trade.  I took Woodshop, Sheet Metal shop, Machine shop all in High school. Thay do not exist in most schools. The building trades have to look for men trained in another country to fill top end jobs in construction. Then we have the language problem if person can't speak English. We need major changes in our country to train the young people today for the jobs going to be vacated in the next 20 years. The old apprentice program should be reinstated in our school system and not just by the unions that cut workers out if you are not working for a union contractor. Start your trade when you enter high school like they do in other countries.
Mar 1, 2013 8:03PM
Well, I guess there is no point in blaming each other for the mess we are in..WE THE PEOPLE need to organize ourselves against the handful of Banksters that have stolen the money and ruined the country. Who would have imagined that a country like the US with the strong leadership that it had unlike any other country in the world could have handed the sole authority of printing its own currency to a private cartel of Banksters..! Its a pity that americans and future generations to come are forever doomed to pay off the interest on these massive loans that the US govt has borrowed from the cartel..! There is a way back to where we were but that involves SACRIFICES and HARDWORK from both the seniors and the youngsters. Are we prepared for that? If we look around us fewer an fewer EMPLOYED people are actually working..Most are traders, brokers, middle-men etc.(no offense meant) this cannot go on forever. We aren't really manufacturing anything anymore..Are we ready to really GET BACK TO WORK once again? I don't know...
Mar 5, 2013 3:18PM
I remember an America where people were paid a decent wage for their work. A place where those at the top of corporations were not paid 600 times as much as the workers who they have the gall of saying that the workers are overpaid. A place where shoddy made and counterfeit goods weren't allowed in the country. A place where outsourcing of jobs and the importing of foreign workers was nearly unheard of. A place where the middle class were not afraid to take a vacation because their job might be eliminated. A place where the wealthiest few didn't feel the need not only to try to control the wealth but also the political parties of the nation , leaving the majority with no representation.

Perhaps it's just me, but I feel that it high time that this little game has gone on for over 30 years is put to an end. The Conservatives have more than proven that their little trickle down scheme was a complete failure and that they are themselves traitors to the interests of the vast majority of Americans.

My dream is that the majority of Americans who feel trapped living in an oppressive state trying to gather enough of the rather worthless fiat currency wake up and stand up against this system of bondage.

Screw the international bankers and the people at the top of this phoney pyramid scheme.
If the Google guy has so much money, why are his teeth the color of a homeless person's?
Mar 5, 2013 2:41PM
Mar 5, 2013 4:34PM

the most valuable thing in life is a really good idea.


but timing & luck are important too.

Mar 6, 2013 12:16AM
I took sewing, cooking, and home economics to go along with auto shop, drafting, sheet metal, woodshop, advanced woodshop,silkscreening, music, art, choir, drama keyboarding, computers, and orchestra back in the 80's. I learned way more from those classes than all the math, and english combined. It is such a shame we are not learning real world job skills or creative arts anymore. What I really don't get is where does all the money go? I mean back then we didn't even have to pay for electives or special classes and now they charge for everything and have less to offer. It doesn't make sense to me at all. Combine that with the addictive time wasting nature of cellphones and IPADS todays youth are just becoming unimaginitive drones with no character or depth.
Mar 5, 2013 7:15PM
Mark Zuckerberg better sell out soon before Facebook goes down the drain. Facebook will fade away just like all the other social media sites have.
Mar 12, 2013 2:40PM
Ya.....and none of them have life beyond the job.  Trust me, as a former corporate officer for a large company, its all about work. What's the use of making a large income if you don't have time to spend it?  I use to live by the saying "the boy that dies with the most toys wins"  but it ended up not to be how I wanted to live my life and wanted personal time with my family. Always remember, life eventually ends, dying alone sucks, and you cant take anything with you! I've learned to love the middle class existence, it's much easier on the body, mind, and relationships!!!! :)
Feb 25, 2013 8:59PM

Marissa Mayer has no business being a CEO. Boo Yahoo!!!


Seriously?  Thumbs down because this lady stays home while she's pregnant and then comes back to work and tells everyone that there will be no more working from home?  Losers!

Mar 5, 2013 10:54PM

WHY this country is done. At work i have a made in china PH probe(Honeywell) floating in a made in Vietnam 4'' inner tube . Nothing is made in America any more .  We lost the middle class Corporate geed will destroy this country instead of making 30million a year as CEO lets make 31 million a year and SHUT down are factory in the u.s. and build it in China and put 30 thousand Americans out of work .. that is the mind set of the rich in this country.  we as a country are going down hill fast.

Mar 1, 2013 8:49PM

Wait a minute. Wasn’t Andrew Mason of Groupon fame on this list three days ago. Oh that’s right, he just got fired by his board two days ago. Good call Forbes. And then there were nine. I’ve got a feeling there are a few others on the list who will be following in Andrew’s footsteps.

Mar 5, 2013 8:20PM
All I can say is, Enjoy it while you can, life is short, judging by the way things are going, maybe shorter than we think. Meanwhile I'll be content with what I have, and not worry about the things I don't have.  They can have it.
Mar 12, 2013 3:38PM

Most big US industrial companies have moved overseas where there are no unions, cheap labor, child labor and little or no corporate taxes.  Many middle class Americans have lost their jobs, homes and the US has lost much needed tax revenue from these big companies and their employees.  Who benefited most from these moves? Have any of these savings been passed on to the consumer? Who’s been lining their pockets and screaming the loudest about having to pay higher taxes? In the future I see only two classes of society in this country! Who is going to pay then? The Feds bailed out the banks with over 16.1 Trillion and many of the CEO’s used this money to pack there “golden parachutes” and bail out while others stayed on and continue to line their pockets with big cash bonuses!  The average American is still paying for their bail out… I know my house lost value again this past year!  How much beating down will the American people take from the rich before they revolt? I believe what’s happening in Europe is just a small sign of what will happen here… I wouldn’t want to be named Boehner or be a big CEO when it does!!!

Mar 5, 2013 11:48PM

What happened in America! 


* The Corporations moved the jobs over seas. We should have told all the CEO's  move your   families over sea with the company"s . ( We don' t need them here!)

*  As for the Banksters, we should have close down the Banks, take our money out put them out of    business. ( There are still Bankers not in jail today, reason  someone paid them off)  

* The only way we get our Country back is tell our Local Goverment, Politicians in the  Federal  Goverment, you work for US, If you dodnt straighten this country out you FIRED!

* We have alot of people in this country that have NO balls.


Google's CEOs are extremely successful and wealthy, even wealthier than any Hollywood celebrities.
Mar 5, 2013 11:07PM
Mar 6, 2013 2:44AM
I believe in you make your own destiny.
Mar 5, 2013 4:59PM
And what the hell is Yelp?? Someone step on their pets tail??
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