Humans strive to be successful and powerful, which is true for adults and children, especially in a modern, globalised world like ours. There are some children who don’t wait to be 18 to outshine the average humans. These kids might look docile, but the power and respect they command is tremendous. Here are the 20 most powerful kids in the world.
20) Amandla Stenberg
This 17-year-old is best known for her mesmerising role in the Hunger Games and has won a Teen Choice Award for her chemistry with Jennifer Lawrence. She started acting as a child and has earned a name for herself in the entertainment industry. Apart from being immensely talented, Stenberg also is known to have a strong voice. She is not afraid to talk against the cultural appropriation in the show business and has called out stars like Kylie Jenner for using African-American aesthetics simply for publicity’s sake.
19) Moziah Bridges
Bridges is a 13-year-old who first appeared on Shark Tank, offering investors 20% share of his company ‘Mo’s Bows’ for an investment of $50,000. Now, he is the CEO of his company and owns a business worth $200,000. This is one kid who will not have to struggle to pay his college tuition, we know that for sure.
18) Ahmed Mohamed
As a freshman in school, Ahmed built a clock in a pencil box, starting from scratch. His wish, like any 14-year-old engineering enthusiast, was to show his teacher his latest work. Instead, he got arrested later in the day on the suspicion of making a bomb. The incident caused widespread critique and a debate on Islamophobia was fuelled. President Obama tweeted to Mohammed in support and invited him to the White House. He also won a scholarship in Qatar and appeared in various interviews to talk about discrimination against Muslims.
17) Shawn Mendes
This Canadian star gained fame through his vines, which were discovered by an artist manager. Soon, he released his own album named ‘Handwritten’ which gave him millions more fans. His single ‘Stitches’ reached the Billboard top 10 in the US and was on the 1st position in the UK. He has won various awards like The Teen Choice awards and the MTV Europe Music awards in the last two years. At 17, there is a bright future for this young man.
16) Rico Rodriguez
Rico banged a role in Modern Family, the hit family series in 2009. Ever since then, he has won awards with the cast for best ensemble more than once. Not only does he act, but also has authored a book named ‘Reel Life Lessons…So Far’. He is now a household name, and his charm is bound to get him more fame and success.
15) Jaylen Bledsoe
Bledsoe is a resident at St. Louis, and is an internationally known entrepreneur and motivational speaker. He started his own information technology consultancy firm in 2012, which is now worth $3.2 million. With his success, he has started several more companies and works towards other teenagers recognising their ambitions and working towards them.
14) Bindi Irwin
Bindi Irwin’s name sounds familiar because she is the daughter of the late crocodile hunter and wildlife enthusiast, Steve Irwin. Bindi appeared with her father on camera when she was two, and soon got her own show on Discovery Kids before her father passed away. She has since risen above her sorrows and contributed immensely to the field of wildlife conservation. She starred in and won the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars.
13) Malia Obama
Malia Obama is the 17-year-old daughter of US president Barack Obama. Although the White House protects the first daughters from the media limelight, she is still a fashionista. Her choice of dresses are sold out within hours online, and her moves are tracked by the people of United States. Her recent visit to Brown University sparked a social media trend, when she was photographed standing next to a beer pong.
12) Sasha Obama
Not far behind her sister is Sasha Obama, 14, who has her own sense of fashion. Almost as tall as her mother now, this teen is edgier than her elder sister. As one of the youngest inhabitants of the White House, the little girl won hearts in interviews and photos with her sheer innocence. She has grown up gracefully under the scrutiny of politicians and media alike, and seems to have taken on her father to have a cool personality.
11) Maddie Ziegler
If you have watched Sia’s music videos, chances are you’ve already seen Maddie Ziegler’s work. She danced to songs like ‘Chandelier’, ‘Elastic Heart’ and ‘Big Girls Cry’, which won her international recognition for her talent. Although she had previously won many regional and national dance competitions, the videos opened new avenues for her. She has appeared on multiple talk shows, has modelled for fashion lines and her movies are due to release. And she is only 13.
10) Ashima Shiraishi
At 14, Ashima is the youngest person ever, and also, the first woman, to climb a sport route with the difficulty level of 9+ and is already renowned as one of the world’s best climbers at the age of 14. She has won countless awards for climbing, including the IFSC World Youth Championships, and continues to excel at bouldering and sport climbing.
9) Martin Ødegaard
Martin is a 17-year-old who loves football, but instead of playing for his school team, he plays for one of the biggest clubs on Earth, Real Madrid FC. As a midfielder, his skills are acclaimed by both his teammates and rivals, especially for his keen eye for technicalities. Although a millionaire and one of the youngest stars in the world of football, Martin is humble and looks up to Messi.
8) Romeo Beckham
David Beckham’s 13-year-old son Romeo recently told his father that he wanted to pursue other interests, and hence, stopped playing football. His other interests, as is evident from Instagram, is modelling for Burberry. It seems like this teenager is likely to follow his mother into the fashion industry rather than follow his father into the football world.
7) Brooklyn Beckham
Romeo’s elder brother, 16, is the most famous sibling of all. He too seems to have developed a taste for something other than football. If fact, Romeo’s ad shoot for Burberry was shot by Brooklyn, thereby giving us a clue about his talents. He is also rumoured to date another teen star and has been on the cover of magazines. Although the family and Burberry received criticism for being elitist, the brothers don’t seem bothered.
6) Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning is Dakota Fanning’s younger sister, and is most famous for her role in Maleficent, alongside Angelina Jolie. She has also played a role in the movie ‘Somewhere’ which was critically acclaimed at the 67th Venice Film Festival. She has been nominated and won several awards and has an estimated net worth of $5 million at just 17.
5) Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith is the same young boy that you remember from ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’, but only older. At 17, he’s had various movie and music ventures like ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘Never Say Never’. He is known to be extremely vocal about his stands on gender fluidity and has modelled for Louis Vuitton’s womenswear. His estimated net worth is around $8 million, excluding what he will inherit from his famous parents.
4) Jazz Jennings
Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and one of the most famous transgender celebrity and activist. She was assigned to be male at birth but made her choice clear soon after she could speak. She has made various TV appearances and has her own documentary, and is passionate about spreading awareness about LGBTIQA issues and problems. Jennings has received various awards for her courage and determination to bring about a change in the society.
3) Flynn McGarry
Flynn McGarry started his supper club at 11 and became an instant hit. Now, at 16, serves people in an upscale Manhattan restaurant, and he is becoming a celebrity in his own right. He has been on the cover of New York Times magazine but has received tremendous criticism from older chefs. However, McGarry is not the one to back down and is hopeful to take on bigger, more ambitious projects one day.
2) Prince George of Cambridge
Although Prince George is only 2 years old, he is already everyone’s favourite baby. He is third in line for succession of the British Throne, after his grandfather and father. He has only recently started going to a preschool, but already has the media following him around everywhere he goes and documenting his days in school, for one day he might be the man to rule England.
1) Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
Of course, George’s younger sister, Charlotte, is one of the most photographed babies in the world. At just 9 months, there are already hundreds of photographs of hers around the internet. The clothes she is spotted wearing are sold out before you know it, and she also has an entire line of Marc Jacob’s lipsticks to her name. And why not? She is the fourth in line to succeed the British Throne and will one day inherit $1 billion along with her brother.
Reading about these young achievers dents our own self-esteem, doesn’t it? But don’t worry, some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth, and some people earn it throughout their life.