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Meet Austin Russell, the world's youngest self-made billionaire who's only 25

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Austin Russell’s company, Luminar, which he founded at age 17, has developed a laser-­based system for self-driving cars to “see” further and better.   (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Austin Russell’s company, Luminar, which he founded at age 17, has developed a laser-­based system for self-driving cars to “see” further and better. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

You're too young to have a cellphone, his parents told him when he asked for one. So he did what any 10-year-old genius would do – he built his own from a handheld gaming device.  

Few who know Austin Russell would’ve been surprised to hear he’s officially the world’s newest – and youngest – self-made billionaire under 30.  

At age 25 he’s  worth an estimated $3,3 billion (R50bn) after his start-up company, Luminar Technologies – which he founded when he was 17 – was listed on the Nasdaq exchange early in December.  

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