Palmer Luckey: Building Something New
Most people have never heard of Palmer Luckey, which is unfortunate because his story is truly the stuff of legend. The inventor of a device called the Oculus Rift, Luckey started out with only the dream of building virtual reality equipment. After fiddling with parts in his parents' garage for months, Luckey went on Kickstarter with his idea and, within hours, raised a quarter of a million dollars based on his prototype VR goggles.
Within a month, Luckey had raised $2.4 million to put toward his invention. Two years later, when he was 21 years old, Facebook acquired the company, Oculus VR, for more than $2 billion. Today, Forbes estimates Luckey's net worth at $730 million.
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