Top 9 Youngest In Their Fields
Who says that success takes time? Not these prodigies! These exceptional young people have achieved some great things, many of them while still in their teens -- and some even younger than that.
1: Temba Tsheri, a Nepalese boy, climbed the 29,035-foot Mount Everest at just 16 years old. Many climbers don't make it to the peak at all, and some even die trying to reach the top.
2: At just 14 years old, Michael Perham was the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic Ocean by himself. It took him six weeks to sail the 3,500 miles on his yacht, the Cheeky Monkey, in 2007.
3: Pakistani youngster Arfa Karim Randhawa was the youngest person to pass the Microsoft Certified Professional examinations. She asked Bill Gates for a job, and he offered the 10-year-old an internship to encourage her to stay in school.
4: Eleven-year-old Ruth Elke Lawrence was the youngest student at Oxford in 1981 when she passed the school's mathematics entrance exam. She completed a bachelor's degree in just two years and now teaches at Hebrew University.
5: In 1972, 17-year-old Jigme Singye Wangchuck became the youngest "Dragon King" of Bhutan and the world's youngest monarch. He remained in power until December 2006, when his son took over.
6: The world's youngest doctor graduated from Mount Sinai's School of Medicine when he was only 17 years old. Balamurali Ambati, a real-life Doogie Howser, M.D., started practicing medicine in 1995.
7: Michelle Wie won the Women's Amateur Public Links tournament in 2003 when she was 14 years old. She's the world's youngest golf champ and, as of 2011, still plays golf professionally.
8: In 1974, child star Tatum O'Neal became the youngest person to win an Oscar. After receiving the Academy Award for her part in the film "Paper Moon," her movie career fizzled, but she has picked up some recent TV roles.
9: The world's youngest billionaire wasn't an entrepreneur. Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis inherited his fortune at age 18 thanks to his family's successful business background, which started with creating Europe's first mail service in the 1500s.
Don't let this list of teen -- and preteen -- successes get you down. If you've missed the chance to be the youngest in your field, you can always shoot for a late-life accomplishment instead.