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Young tech millionaires outstrip ‘traditional’ money-makers, study finds

The number of young millionaires who are products of the so-called ‘Generation Entrepreneur’ rose by 6 per cent in just 12 months, with the UK now home to 340 millionaires under the age of 30.


Generation Y are making millions for the UK

Private investment firm Radius Equity has found that between April 2012-13, the number of young millionaires under 30 rose from 320 to 340, while the total number of UK taxpayers with an income over £1m per annum fell by 4 per cent, from 10,120 to 9,730.

Radius attributes this rise to the increase in tech entrepreneurs who have immersed themselves in the world of FinTech during the financial crisis.

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Generation of budding serial entrepreneurs

Many of these tech wizkids specialise in app-development, with Radius using Nick D’Aloisio as an example.

The London-born start-up owner is the man behind Summly, an app that summarizes news articles into a format more suitable for smartphones.

In 2013, D’Aloisio sold Summly to Yahoo for an estimated $30m. Radius also found that the number of millionaires under 30 has increased, rising 3.2 per cent to 3.5 per cent of all UK taxpayers with an income over £1m.

‘‘This is a generation of budding serial entrepreneurs keen to reinvest the wealth they’ve amassed from the success of their own business into a new wave of successful start-ups,’’ explained Gary Robins, director of Radius Equity.

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offers investors potentially strong returns from smaller private companies at a reduced level of risk because of the tax breaks provided by the Government.

‘‘They are using EIS and other vehicles as a way to invest in a range of other growth companies. They normally look to invest in sectors that they understand or have an interest in – so we are seeing a lot of investment in the technology, retail and leisure sectors through the EIS,’’ continued Robins.

This research follows a survey released by accountancy group UHY Hacker Young, which found that young tech entrepreneurs are ditching the Silicon Roundabout in favour of cheaper Central London locations.