Ashley Qualls – 17 Year Old Dot Com Millionaire

I first read about Ashley Qualls aged 17 who has made over a million dollars from a site giving away MySpace themes, on Dosh Dosh. I didn’t read all of Maki’s post, but the facts in the first paragraph got my attention:

  • Ashley Qualls started at 14 and dropped out of school to build her online business
  • First adsense cheque was for $2,790
  • Now earns as much as $70k per month from her Whateverlife.com site

Ashley Qualls

Amazing numbers, but after following a link from the Guardian Blog yesterday, I discovered that her story was even more interesting.

Many of the people Ashley does business with don’t realise that she’s only 17. She’s so young in fact, that because she’s still legally a minor, a court has appointed someone to manage her finances until she’s 18, as sadly her sudden wealth has caused issues within her family. Ashley has recruited a lawyer to try and get herself emancipated and declared an adult.

I think it’s amazing that thanks to the internet, a schoolkid can become a millionaire. At 17 I’d only just finished my first ever jobs working in brick and timber yards over the summer holidays. I remember how proud my parents were that I was capable of doing a real ‘mans’ job, getting up at dawn and working my ass off all day.

I wonder how they would have reacted if I said I wanted to build a website over the summer to make money online! I’m really envious of the opportunities available now. I seriously think that if I were a teenager growing up now, my life would have taken a totally different path. I really doubt that I would have wanted to go to Uni, although I’m sure my parents would have forced me too, even if I was generating money online.

Are there any readers out there who have passed on going to Uni in order to develop online businesses?

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75 Responses to Ashley Qualls – 17 Year Old Dot Com Millionaire

  1. DomainDotMy August 5, 2008 at 10:02 pm #

    Yeah i passed on Uni for online business and i am happy with the outcome =)

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  5. Darren Qualls - CTO August 2, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    I’ll tell you all – from personal experience – both good and bad – this kid is a whiz and a miracle.  I dont know her personally.  I want to clarify that I came across her name doing a search.  She’s not your typical – and it is a miracle.  Success in the internet is no more common that going on to be the next brittany spears….and in many cases – comes with similar tragedy…

    Dont let me for one moment take away from the brilliance it takes to make it – nor the sheer utter luck!  I’ve also been successful – and also experienced failure.  many call us who take risk a dreamer….the difference between a dreamer and a visionary – simple – one makes it – one doesnt.  This girl put it out there – beat the challenges and scoffed the ones who said “you cant do it”.

    Good for her – and If you’re reading ashley – you’re always welcome in our home – partially from the unique last name we both share – and partially because at 17 or 70 – your persistence is one to be admired!

    Darren Qualls
    CTO
    Premier Global Technologies
    darren@premierglobaltech.com